Ethics and Democracy

Protecting Our Democracy: Tell Trump He Can’t Fire Mueller

The attacks on our democracy under Donald Trump should worry you no matter what your political party. Donald Trump has repeatedly acted as if the rules—and the law—don’t apply to him. That’s why Indivisible has been calling for impeachment hearings for violations already committed, including obstruction of justice—Trump fired James Comey, the man charged with investigating his political campaign’s links to Russia. 

Trump’s attempts to influence the Michael Flynn investigation and his subsequent firing of James Comey are a grave concern for people who care about the integrity of democratic institutions. But there is an even greater risk we must protect against: the firing of special counsel of Robert Mueller.

Who is Robert Mueller and why does he matter?

Robert Mueller is the special counsel appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. He was appointed after then FBI Director James Comey, who was leading the investigation into Russian interference, was fired by Donald Trump. After immense public pressure to insulate the investigation from political interference, Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller to lead an independent investigation. Mueller is a Republican, respected by both sides of the aisle, who previously served as FBI director under President George W. Bush and also President Obama.

Firing Comey created a constitutional crisis. Firing Mueller would be a CRISIS TIMES TEN.

Firing Comey was obstruction of justice, pure and simple. But firing Mueller would be far worse—because the entire reason Mueller has this job is to protect the investigation from political interference. No one is above the law, especially not the President of the United States. When President Nixon in the Saturday Night Massacre demanded the firing of Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor looking into Watergate, Congress and the American people recognized that for what it was—a turning point and a crisis that would later spell the end of the Nixon presidency. Since Mueller is leading the investigation in place of someone else who was already inappropriately fired, his firing would be especially concerning.

What Can You Do Now?

  1. 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 Mueller is fired. 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.
  2. Ask Congress to prevent Mueller from getting fired. 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.

Town Hall Questions for your MoCs

  1. No matter your political party, it should be unacceptable for Donald Trump to fire Robert Mueller. Mueller was hired to lead an independent investigation, and he has not done anything wrong. The only reason to fire him at this point is to prevent Mueller from continuing his investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 election. Will you commit to speak out publicly and tell the President that firing Robert Mueller would be a red line that he MUST NOT CROSS?
  2. I am extremely concerned about Donald Trump’s comments and tweets about firing Attorney General Sessions, which seem like they are a prelude to being able to fire Robert Mueller. If Trump were to fire Robert Mueller—the person appointed to continue the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election—it would be a constitutional crisis. It is the duty of Congress to defend our democracy. Will you commit that you will defend our democracy and use all the tools in your toolbox to prevent Donald Trump from firing Robert Mueller?
  3. Whenever President Trump speaks publicly of his unhappiness with Robert Mueller, I’m reminded of the Saturday Night Massacre, which helped bring down President Nixon. Trump doesn’t seem to realize that firing Mueller would be a constitutional crisis. No matter your political party, we need to stand up for the Constitution and make sure this cannot happen. Will you commit to speaking out publicly and criticizing Trump for suggesting that he could fire Mueller?