This is getting scary—the number three at the Department of Justice quit last week, opening the position that would oversee special counsel Robert Mueller if Donald Trump fires Mueller's current supervisor, Rod Rosenstein.1
We've got to step up our defense of the investigation and push back against the threats to our democracy from Trump and his GOP enablers. That's why MoveOn and our allies are hosting actions around the country from February 17-25 during the Presidents Day congressional recess aimed at exposing the Republican Cover-Up Caucus.
Fortunately, there's a #CoverUpCaucus event near you!
It seems that Donald Trump is leading us further from democracy and closer to authoritarianism every day. The departure of the third in command at the DOJ, former Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, increases concerns that Trump could put a loyalist in charge of overseeing Robert Mueller's investigation by cherry-picking her replacement and firing the current supervisor, Rod Rosenstein (which, as recently mentioned, would trigger the Nobody Is Above the Law network of rapid-response protests). This development feels like a continuation of the slow-motion version of Richard Nixon's "Saturday Night Massacre" happening in the administration, where individuals near the investigation are leaving or being forced out by Trump.
And of course Trump's refusal to release the memo drafted by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee who reject the credibility of the "Nunes memo" shows just how one-sided Trump's supposed effort to root out bias in the investigation really is.2
Our Nobody Is Above the Law network has succeeded wildly in setting up more than 800 national events with more than 225,000 participants ready to spring into action if Trump fires the people leading the independent investigation. But we need to do more than react to a firing—we want to prevent one!
Amidst all this craziness, we cannot give up hope. One silver lining of the abuse Trump is inflicting upon our democracy is that it makes the lines clearer than ever between those lawmakers serving the Constitution and all of us and those serving Donald Trump and themselves. Together we can help force them to make their position clear: Will they continue the cover-up, or will they help us get to the truth?
Thanks for all you do.
–David, Gabby, Lisa, Milan, and the rest of the team
P.S. If you can't attend the event but want to do your part to help out, can you chip in a few bucks to support these events and our rapid-response work to defend the investigation? Your contributions will go directly to the costs of pushing back against the #CoverUpCaucus, such as printing signs for rallies in key areas, sending thousands of text messages asking MoveOn members near events to attend, and much more!
P.P.S. Even as we continue to campaign on other issues, our hearts break for the families in Florida following the fatal shooting and for everyone who has had to confront gun violence. Add your name to the petition calling for a ban on military-style assault weapons and large capacity magazines—the deadly weapons used in Parkland, Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs, Aurora, San Bernadino, Newtown, and so many other massacres.
1. "The Official Next in Line to Oversee the Russia Investigation Just Stepped Down," Mother Jones, February 9, 2018
2. "Trump Won't Declassify Democratic Rebuttal to Nunes," The Atlantic, February 9, 2018