Dear MoveOn member,
It's time to go on red alert: Donald Trump is closer than ever to shutting down special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, rattling the very foundation of our democracy.
MoveOn is mobilizing to defend the investigation by amplifying the national outrage against Trump's overreach and pushing Republicans to, at last, draw a red line for Trump.
MoveOn has been working for months to prepare a nationwide response if Mueller is fired—but we also have to focus our energy on preventing a firing. And right now is a critical moment.
By now, you've probably heard the news: On Saturday, for the first time since the start of the probe, Trump called out Mueller by name on Twitter, attacking his investigation and calling it a "witch hunt."1 This may seem like business as usual for a presidency defined by Twitter feuds and chaos, but this is different—it's a serious attack on Mueller's independence and on the rule of law. This move came only hours after the politically motivated firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe just hours before he was eligible for retirement. Meanwhile, a new lawyer who has publicly pushed conspiracy theories about the investigation being a setup has been added to Trump's legal team.2
Democrats have come to Mueller's defense in recent months, but we need Republicans to draw the red line clearly in defense of the investigation. The best way to do this is to make them understand that if they remain silent and Trump fires Mueller, Americans will pour into the streets to protest.
As of now, more than 275,000 people have signed up to attend an event immediately after Mueller is fired or if Trump moves to stop the investigation, including over 45,000 new RSVPs since Saturday—that's eight new RSVPs per minute—but we want to double that number and show Republicans that if Trump fires Mueller, they'll have to contend with an unprecedented show of outrage.
Will you chip in $3 now to help us urgently spread the word?
Our pressure is starting to work. Some Republicans see last weekend's outburst by Trump as a dangerous development. Lindsey Graham said that firing Mueller would be "the beginning of the end of his presidency," Jeff Flake said it would be a "massive red line that can't be crossed," and even Trump loyalist Trey Gowdy called him out for behaving as if he's guilty, saying that if he's innocent, he should "act like it."3
But we need to do even more. Because speaking out isn't the same as Republicans drawing a clear line—and more of the Republicans, including those in leadership, need to speak up for the rule of law. And they'll only do that if they know that the public won't tolerate Mueller's firing.
It is clear that the probe is getting closer and closer to Trump and that he is unraveling in response. We're facing a constitutional crisis, and it is up to us to raise the alarm and show Republicans that we're ready to act if Trump follows through on his threats.
The past few days have been filled with terrifying developments, but here is the good news: MoveOn has been preparing for this for months. With your help, Eddie, we'll be ready to respond on a massive scale when Trump tries to stop the investigation.
Here is what we have planned:
- Activating hundreds of thousands of MoveOn members to attend over 800 emergency events in the hours after Mueller is fired. More than 275,000 people are signed up to attend an event immediately after Mueller is fired or if Trump moves to stop the investigation, including over 45,000 new RSVPs since Saturday, and that number is growing by the minute. But we need your help to spread the word even more.
- Pushing our brand-new "Cover-Up Caucus" website to media and the public. This site tracks the number of times that individual Republicans in Congress have helped to cover for Trump, or supported Trump's efforts to obstruct justice; voters should know about it when they go to the polls this November.
- Contributing to a video series with experts to get the word out about the crucial importance of the independent investigation. Legal scholars like Norm Eisen are working with former FBI agents, elected officials, national security experts, and others to educate the public on how dangerous shutting down the Mueller investigation would be.
- Running campaigns and digital ads to push for transparency and protect Mueller, including asking Congress to pass a law protecting Mueller from being fired, calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to testify about the firing of Andrew McCabe, and calling for investigations and action to be taken against the Trump campaign's digital firm, Cambridge Analytica, which was revealed to have misused data from over 50 million Facebook users.4
This is a huge undertaking, but the past few days have proven just how important this work continues to be.
Let's be very clear: Trump shutting down special counsel Mueller's investigation would be a dire threat to our democracy. Nineteen indictments, five guilty pleas, cooperating witnesses, and subpoenas to Trump's businesses and associates certainly doesn't sound like a witch hunt; it sounds like the tip of a corrupt iceberg.5
Jeff Flake is right: Stopping the Mueller investigation is a "massive red line that cannot be crossed." And we need to do everything we can right now to stop it from happening.
Thanks for all you do.
–Jo, Shari, Iram, Chris, and the rest of the team
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