Update 5/1/18: On April 26, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed Senate bill 2644 , the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, which would protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation. Senator Grassley, chair of the committee, asked for a prompt vote by the full Senate. Majority Leader McConnell has previously said he would not bring a bill to protect the Mueller investigation to the Senate floor for a vote, however if 51 senators want to receive a vote, they can force one over McConnell’s obstruction. Please call your Senators to urge that they demand a floor vote on S. 2644.
Use Stand Up America’s resource to plan a visit to your Senator’s office, to speak to them or their staff in person.
Indivisible Guide is on high alert, and has prepared this updated page to guide us through what we need to do if Trump fires Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. As they explain, “By firing Rosenstein—Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s boss, the person overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election—Trump is obstructing justice. This means we are facing a full-on threat to our democracy and a constitutional crisis.”
MoveOn, Indivisible, and many other groups are using these basic “red lines,” which would trigger mass protest if Trump crosses one:
- If Trump fires Mueller
- If Trump issues pardons of key witnesses
- If Trump takes another action that would prevent the investigation from being conducted freely, such as replacing Mueller’s current supervisor, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, or repealing the regulations establishing the office
What you can do now:
- Read the Indivisible Guide toolkit
- See MoveOn’s Mueller’s Firing Rapid Response – The Plan. It includes the general plan, and also addresses something that we’re all wondering — what happens AFTER we hit the streets?
- Find and RSVP to attend a Nobody Is Above the Law rapid response rally near you (800 events as of April 10, 2018)
- No local rally? Sign up to host one
- Spread the word by sending the link to everyone who’d be interested
- Call your Members of Congress, and urge them to do all they can to protect the Special Counsel.
- Updated 4/30/18: call your Senators to ask them to demand a vote on and support the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act (S. 2644) to protect Mueller and the Russia investigation.
- This is a historical overview of the bills introduced to protect the investigation, none of which have progressed:
- As of April 11, 2018, the Senate Judiciary Committee moved forward with legislation to limit Trump‘s ability to fire Mueller. The bill merged S. 1735 and S. 1741 (see below).
- Senate: S. 1735 led by Senators Graham and Booker
- Senate: S. 1741 led by Senators Coons and Tillis
- House: H.R. 3654, led by Representative Jackson Lee –thank Reps Lee, DeSaulnier and Swalwell for co-sponsoring,
- House: H.R. 4669, Discharge Petition to Require Speaker to Call a Vote on Special Counsel Integrity Act. Info here.
- See Indivisible’s earlier article with info and a great call script.
- See the Wall of Us action
- Read background info at our original article, and our updated article
- Read the Lawyers for Good Government 33-year timeline of Trump-Russia connections here
And prepare if we need to hit the streets:
- Read the ACLU’s article Know Your Rights: Free Speech, Protests & Demonstrations
- Download the ACLU’s Mobile Justice app to record police activity and send it immediately to the ACLU affiliate nearest you. Get the California app, MobileJusticeCA
- Put the National Lawyers Guild hotline numbers into your phone, and write them on your arm in ink:
- to call from local jails ONLY: 415-285-1011
- outside of jail calls, call NLG hotline volunteers: 415-909-4NLG (4654)
- if no answer, send an email to the NLG Demonstrations Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Prepare a go-bag with:
- charged cell phone and portable power if you have
- water bottle and energy bars or other portable food
- layers of clothing to add if it gets cold
- a sign with your message
Here’s some background: John Oliver dubbed it “Stupid Watergate,” but many believe the lies and smear campaigns Trump and many Republicans are flinging to discredit the FBI and derail investigations by Special Counsel Mueller and Congressional committees into Trump/Russia have already done more damage to our democracy than the GOP’s bungled break-in, attempted cover-up, and Saturday Night Massacre did back in 1973.
As Mueller’s investigation into collusion and obstruction of justice allegations closes in on the Current Occupant of the White House, fears of a constitutional crisis mount. Initially, the triggering event for a crisis was seen as Trump firing Mueller, mirroring Nixon’s orders to fire independent special prosecutor Archibald Cox. But in what is more like “Evil Watergate” the strategy has morphed into escalating assaults on the FBI, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and others. The Current Occupant, several GOP toadies, and right-wing media are sowing chaos, pushing fake scandals, and besmirching reputations, in not-even-thinly veiled attempts to divert, curtail, or shut down the investigations.
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