This OTYCD entry originally posted in October 2017.
Update, mid-March 2018: After the FBI carried out the firing of already-outgoing deputy director Andrew McCabe on March 16, 2018, John Dowd, Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, urged Rod Rosenstein to end the probe led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
When asked for comment on a Trump tweet about the firing, Dowd wrote, “I pray that Acting Attorney General Rosenstein will follow the brilliant and courageous example of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility and Attorney General Jeff Sessions and bring an end to alleged Russia Collusion investigation manufactured by McCabe’s boss James Comey based upon a fraudulent and corrupt Dossier.”
See an article about the Dowd statement by The Daily Beast:
For this reason, we at OTYCD are asking you all to call your MoCs and demand that Congress formally protect Mueller and his investigation, if you haven’t already. You can leave a voicemail over the weekend or combine the task with our planned Monday post on calling to protest the firing of McCabe.
Update, January 2018: On the evening of Thursday, January 25, 2018, news broke that President Trump had attempted to fire Robert Mueller as early as June 2017. Only White House counsel Don McGahn’s firm refusal to carry out the order stayed Trump’s hand.
Read the New York Times story on the incident:
Since this post first appeared in October 2017, Congress hasn’t yet passed a bill that would protect Mueller from Trump. Please call your MoCs and urge them to do so.
Call your members of Congress and tell them to defend Robert Mueller from Trump.
You must have heard the news about the indictments that Robert Mueller handed down against Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and George Papadopoulos on Monday, October 30 in the investigation into the Trump-Russia mess. Manafort and Gates have since pleaded guilty.
Papadopoulos was the surprise in this bunch. He was a foreign policy advisor for Trump and is described as being a “proactive cooperator” with the investigation since he was arrested in July. That could mean he has been wearing a wire all this time. Emphasis here on “could”–this is speculation from folks who know that proactive cooperators in other past investigations have worn wires.
In case you managed to miss it, here’s some articles that cover the basics:
Someone must have taken Trump’s phone away (and hidden the nuclear football, please oh please), but he has to be freaking out like never before.
Several people have repeated that any move by Trump to fire Mueller will be met with impeachment proceedings, but invariably, those people are Democrats or are untouchable Republicans–people who have announced plans not to run again, or who are unlikely to run again.
Steve Bannon (who, by law, should not be in touch with Trump regardless, but hey, when has the law stopped this administration) has evidently been scheming to find other ways to hobble the Mueller investigation without firing him. This includes taking away the investigation’s funding. Other members of the GOP are considering other gambits, such as imposing a hard deadline, after which Mueller must wind down.
See articles on these topics:
And there have been reports that many sitting Congressional Republicans can’t fathom the notion that Trump would try to fire Mueller, even after having watched him fire FBI Director James Comey and tried any number of other ridiculous moves:
So! You need to call your members of Congress–all three of them–and make it damn clear that they are to protect Mueller and fight any attempt by Trump or his minions to kneecap the investigation.
It is extra-important to call if your MoCs are loyal Republicans who have voted for what Trump wants most of the time.
You should keep making these calls periodically until Mueller and his investigation is explicitly out of danger.
Sample script: “Dear Senator/House Rep (Lastname), I am (Firstname Lastname, of town, zip code.) I am calling to ask you to stand behind the work of special counsel Robert Mueller and to fight any attempts to hobble or kill his investigation. Trump’s personal lawyer, John Dowd, recently asked Rod Rosenstein to end Mueller’s probe, using language that implied that it was based on specious allegations. Yes, really. While it would be crazy for Trump to fire Mueller–crazy on the order of the Saturday Night Massacre during the Nixon administration–I expect you to defend him actively. That includes fighting attempts to take away funding for his investigation, fighting attempts to impose an arbitrary deadline on the proceedings, and being ready to appoint him as an independent prosecutor if Trump actually fires him. Thank you for listening.”
Read about why, exactly, the October 30, 2017 indictments should scare Trump:
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