Trump Firing Mueller or Rosenstein Would Bring Hundreds of Thousands of Americans Onto Streets in Mass Protest

Hundreds of thousands of Americans are preparing to hit the streets in protest if President Donald Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the Russia investigation.

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About 300,000 people have R.S.V.P.'d to more than 800 emergency "Nobody Is Above the Law" rallies across the country on MoveOn.org. The advocacy group created a plan after Trump said friends had suggested that he fire Mueller after the FBI raided his personal lawyer's office and hotel room on Monday. The president is reportedly considering firing Rosenstein as well.

The group plans to set protests in motion if Trump fires Mueller, replaces Rosenstein, repeals regulations that established the special counsel's office or pardons key witnesses.

"Our response in the hours following a potential power grab will dictate what happens next—whether Congress will stand up to Trump or allow him to move our democracy toward authoritarianism," the campaign page reads.

The firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions "would be one step short of the break glass moment," according to the group's plan.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Tuesday that Trump "certainly believes he has the power" to terminate Mueller.

On Thursday morning, House Judiciary Committee Democrats introduced the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, aimed at limiting Trump's ability to fire Mueller and interfere with his probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

"Unfortunately, it seems Republican leadership in the House lacks the spine to take a stand against President Trump's abuse of power or to defend our country from the constitutional crisis we would face if special counsel Robert Mueller were terminated or interfered with in any way," Democratic ranking member Jerrold Nadler said during a press conference.

Nadler noted that Trump firing Mueller or Rosenstein "would be in plain sight, in daylight, a very deliberate crime."

"It would be obstruction of justice," he said.

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