Dear MoveOn member,
Donald Trump, Fox News, and the GOP are coming for Special Counsel Robert Mueller—looking to upend the federal criminal investigation into possible collusion with Russia in the 2016 presidential election, and subsequent efforts to cover it up.
That's why MoveOn members and our allies from 25 major national organizations are out in force, preemptively planning "Nobody Is Above the Law" rapid-response actions across the country, ready to deploy if Trump fires Mueller.
This collective organizing is a powerful signal to Trump and the GOP that people in cities and towns across the nation are paying attention to the attacks on Mueller and are ready to defend our democracy and the rule of law. And the actions are already earning national media attention with headlines such as "Americans Will March in the Streets in 48 U.S. States If Trump Fires Robert Mueller."1
There are almost 600 actions nationwide—now in all 50 states—with an unprecedented 100,000 people pledged to attend.2 Let's double the number of possible attendees, and let's make sure there are actions to defend the Mueller investigation in every state in the nation.
Click here to find an action in your local area, and if you don't see one, please consider signing up to host. (MoveOn's team will be with you every step of the way.)
Six months ago, when Mueller was put in charge of the Trump-Russia investigation, Republicans were glowing about his record and fitness for the task. But now that the investigation has landed its first guilty pleas, attacks on Mueller and the investigation are coming from all parts of the GOP message machine.3
Trump himself has thrown a relentless barrage of insults and threats at Mueller and the investigation.4
Trump's lawyers have even called for an absurd second special counsel to investigate the investigation.5 And right-wing pundits on Fox News have been acting as wingmen, creating scandals out of thin air and casting doubt.
As Mueller digs deeper and deeper into Trump's finances and possible obstruction of justice, the risk that Trump will take unilateral action only increases.6
So here's the plan: If Trump fires Mueller before 2:00 p.m. local time on any given day, MoveOn members and our allies will be in the streets at 5:00 p.m. local time the same day. If news breaks later in the day, we will rally at noon the following day.
Our response in the hours following an authoritarian move to put Trump above the law will help drive the national media narrative and could certainly help determine whether we're able to make sure Congress holds Trump accountable.
MoveOn members have been a first line of defense against Trump's corruption for more than a year, helping to win Steve Bannon's removal, force Jeff Sessions' recusal from the Trump-Russia investigation, and shine a relentless light on Republican hypocrisy.7
By packing congressional hearing rooms and generating hundreds of thousands of petition signatures and tens of thousands of calls, we've also ensured that Democrats in Congress know we'll have their backs when they step up to fight Trump's corruption and demand the truth about Trump-Russia that our nation both deserves and desperately needs.
Most recently, we've helped champion bipartisan legislation in Congress to prevent Trump from firing Mueller. And we'll continue to do this kind of dogged, proactive work, so that we hopefully never have to respond to a firing of the team investigating the president. But with the stakes this high for our country, we need to simultaneously prepare for the kind of constitutional crisis that would occur should Trump fire Mueller.
Thanks for all you do.
–David, Brian, Jo, Karine, and the rest of the team
1. "Americans Will March in the Streets in 48 U.S. States If Trump Fires Robert Mueller," Newsweek, October 30, 2017
2. "Nobody Is Above the Law—Mueller Firing Rapid Response," MoveOn.org
3. "Fox News v. Robert Mueller," The New York Times, December 12, 2017
4. "Nearing the end game: The 6 phases of Trump’s plan to fire Robert Mueller" Salon, December 12, 2017
5. "Trump lawyers want second special counsel appointed now," Axios, December 12, 2017
6. "Focus on Flynn, Trump timeline suggests obstruction is on Mueller's mind," NBC News, December 11, 2017
7. "Trump Leaderboard," TrumpTruthHiders.com, accessed December 14, 2017
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