US Nationwide protests planned if Trump fires Mueller or Rosenstein

00:11  12 april  2018
00:11  12 april  2018 Source:   Reuters

Trump 'certainly believes he has the power' to fire Mueller, White House says

  Trump 'certainly believes he has the power' to fire Mueller, White House says President Donald Trump "believes he has the power to" fire special counsel Robert Mueller, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday. "He certainly believes he has the power to do so," Sanders said when asked whether Trump believes he has that power.She did not suggest Trump would be moving to fire Mueller.Under the special counsel regulations, Mueller may be "disciplined or removed from office only by the personal action of the attorney general.

Empowered by Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal, Rosenstein — a registered Republican and Trump appointee — oversees the Mueller investigation and must remain in place. Protests will begin hours after news breaks of a Mueller or Rosenstein firing .

Nearly 200,000 Americans Nationwide Pledge to Protest if Trump Fires Mueller , Rosenstein . Public Draws Red Line as Evidence of Obstruction Mounts.

Donald J. Trump, Robert Mueller are posing for a picture © Provided by Green Bay Press-Gazette U.S. progressive groups are gearing up for nationwide protests should President Donald Trump fire the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, or replace the deputy U.S. attorney general overseeing the probe.

An ouster of Special Counsel Robert Mueller would signal that Trump was acting as if he was above the law, said MoveOn.org, which is planning 800 demonstrations across the country.

Every state will have at least one "Nobody Is Above The Law" rally and at least 320,000 people have pledged to attend so far, according to MoveOn's website.

Graham uses Fox News appearance to ask Trump not to fire Mueller

  Graham uses Fox News appearance to ask Trump not to fire Mueller Sen. Lindsey Graham asked President Trump during an appearance on Fox News to not fire special counsel Robert Mueller, who is currently investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election. "Mr. President, if you're watching, I think you're gonna be fine unless you screw this up," Graham said on Fox News. "Let the process play out. I don't believe you colluded with th e Russians, but Mueller will soon tell us. The Cohen situation I am convinced has got nothing to do with Russia.

As the nation speculates whether or not donald trump will interfere or obstruct the special counsel's russia investigation, activists across the country are gearing up for a nationwide response. Should the President fire Rosenstein or Mueller , if that isn't the moment they put country over party to hold

In fact, activists are already planning nationwide protest marches, believing that the day when Trump fires Mueller is now inevitable. If Rosenstein objects to the decision by Trump , his only option is to resign his position.

Trump would also trigger protests if he fired Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is responsible for overseeing the Russia probe, or if Trump pardoned any of his associates who have been targeted in the investigation, such as Paul Manafort, a former Trump election campaign chairman who is facing two indictments in different federal courts brought by Mueller, MoveOn said.

Trump has been critical of the Mueller investigation, calling it a "witch hunt". He threatened to fire Mueller after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the offices of Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, on Monday, based partly on a referral by the special counsel.

Other groups behind the planned protests include Friends of the Earth, the American Federation of Teachers, and veterans organizations, MoveOn said.

Trump on firing Mueller or Rosenstein: 'They're still here'

  Trump on firing Mueller or Rosenstein: 'They're still here' President Trump on Wednesday sought to calm fears he is preparing to fire special counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to stymie the Russia probe, but did not rule out the possibility. "They've been saying I'm going to get rid of them for the last three months, four months, five months, and they're still here," Trump said during a joint press conference with the prime minister of Japan.The president al so expressed a desire to end the Russia investigation, which he called a "very bad thing for our country.""So we want to get the investigation over with, done with, put it behind us," he said.

It's also possible that, rather than firing Mueller , Trump will obstruct Mueller 's investigation by issuing blanket pardons of key figures being investigated, firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (the person overseeing Mueller )

If Trump fired Mueller , Rosenstein could appoint a replacement. Firing Mueller would generate massive protests and could spur Congress to take up new legislation to establish an independent counsel. Read more: If Trump plans to fire Mueller , he should do it sooner rather than later.

"If Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller, it will create a constitutional crisis," said MoveOn, which recently supported the March For Our Lives gun control protest in Washington.

The White House said on Tuesday that Trump "believes he has the power" to fire Mueller, who has widened his probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow.

Russia has denied that it meddled in the election, and Trump has said there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia.

Firing Mueller or Rosenstein would be akin to President Richard Nixon's "Saturday Night Massacre" in which he ousted a number of officials investigating the Watergate scandal, said MoveOn campaign director David Sievers.

MoveOn has called for Trump's impeachment and is urging U.S. lawmakers to consider taking that step in the event the president fires officials involved in the Russia probe, Sievers said in a telephone interview.

A bipartisan group of senators is expected to introduce legislation on Wednesday to protect the office of the special counsel. (Reporting By Andrew Hay in New Mexico Editing by Frank McGurty and David Gregorio)

Rosenstein tells Trump he is not a target of Michael Cohen investigation .
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told President Trump last week that the president is not a target in the Michael Cohen investigation, and that the investigation is focused solely on Cohen, the president's personal attorney, a source familiar with the probe told Fox News on Thursday. Trump has been told previously that he is not a target of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.The source also said the Cohen investigation, together with the abrupt departure of John Dowd from Trump's legal team, slowed, but did not halt talks about Trump sitting down for a potential interview with Mueller.

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