The Inspector General for the Department of Justice will release its long-awaited report next week. This report will likely critique the FBI’s (and former Director Comey’s) actions during the 2016 election, and Trump is certain to seize upon the report release to undermine the Mueller investigation. We need to be ready to act.
IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT FIRING MUELLER. THERE ARE OTHER WAYS TRUMP COULD HURT THE INVESTIGATION.
We know that Mueller is at risk of being fired. But that’s not the only way that Trump can inhibit his investigation.
THERE ARE OTHER “RED LINES” THAT TRUMP COULD CROSS, AND WE WILL TAKE TO THE STREETS IF HE CROSSES THEM.
- If Trump fires Mueller
- If Trump fires Rosenstein
- If Trump pardons key witnesses
- If Trump takes another action that prevents the investigation from being conducted freely (such as repealing the regulations establishing the office)
If these red lines are crossed, we are ready to respond.
WHAT CAN YOU DO NOW?
This investigation is ongoing, and there may very well be more developments. While it’s important to focus and continue to resist the Trump agenda simultaneously, we can also work now to protect the Mueller investigation as it unfolds. Here’s how:
- All Americans need to be clear that we will not stand for this. Indivisible is teaming up with a coalition of groups to host emergency rallies in the event that Trump crosses a red line. We hope that this terrible event will not come to pass—but if it does, we will all need to stand firm and make it clear that no one is above the law. Sign up to host or attend a rally here.
- Ask Congress to protect the Mueller investigation. It is the duty of Congress, as a separate co-equal branch of government, to guard against abuses of the Executive Branch. That’s why the framers of the Constitution created separation of powers. Our elected officials need to speak out and make clear that firing Mueller would be a red line that Trump must not cross. Senators can co-sponsor S. 2644, led by Senators Graham, Booker, Coons, and Tillis. Representatives in the House can co-sponsor H.R. 5476, led by Representatives Nadler and Jones.
Call Mike Turner at 202-225-6465
Call Rob Portman at 202-224-3353
Call Sherrod Brown at 202-224-2315
SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT
Caller: Hi! I’m a constituent from [part of state] I’m calling to urge [MoC] to use every tool in the toolbox to prevent Trump from firing Special Counsel Mueller or otherwise impeding the investigation, such as by firing Rod Rosenstein. I’m concerned he may do that, launching a constitutional crisis. Will [MoC] speak out and tell the President that firing Mueller would be a red line he must not cross?
Staffer: Thank you for your call. [MoC] is monitoring the various investigations closely and is letting them run their course.
Caller: That’s good, but it’s really important for Congress to assert its power now to prevent Trump from firing Mueller. I’d like to see [MoC] issue a clear statement on this, and co-sponsor [H.R. 5476/S. 2644] to show [his/her] support for protecting Mueller and the investigation.
Staffer: We’ll take a look at that legislation.
Caller: Great, I’ll be following to see if [MoC] co-sponsors and speaks out on this.