The following is an excerpt from a great article on the strategy to stop the Mueller investigation. This backroom war demonstrates how badly Trump needs this investigation stopped and how desperately we need to know if our leader is a criminal or not..
“If I Can’t Fire Mueller, Who Can I Fire?
In June, 2017, Trump directed White House Counsel Don McGahn to fire Mueller, though McGahn refused and threatened to resign if Trump demanded it. It appears that the threat of major public backlash has since deterred Trump from firing Mueller (Trump has now repeatedly said he is not going to fire him).
Instead, a plan appears to have been in the works to achieve similar ends (crippling the Mueller investigation), but in a way that sidesteps the public backlash of a Mueller firing.
The Washington Post reported on January 27, 2018 that Trump wants to fire Rosenstein. This would allow Trump to install a new Deputy AG who he believes would be willing to hamper Mueller’s investigation using oversight power, by blocking investigatory and prosecutorial steps that Mueller wants to take.
This type of investigatory hindrance could occur without the public or Congress knowing that Mueller’s actions are being blocked. Rosenstein’s replacement would not have to tell Congress about any blocking of Mueller’s proposed actions until after the investigation is complete; this is when the regulations would require Rosenstein’s replacement to report any curtailed actions to the Chairmen & Ranking Members of the Senate & House Judiciary Committees.
OK, I’ll Fire and Replace Rosenstein. But on What Grounds?Technically, Trump doesn’t need grounds to fire Rosenstein, who serves at the pleasure of the President. But to quash public backlash as much as possible – and to avoid further appearance of obstruction – he does need a reason.
And Trump has another problem: curtailing the Mueller probe going forward isn’t enough, as the investigation has already led to mounting evidence against Trump, his friends & his family. He needs the newly appointed Deputy AG to have the pretense for halting investigations and prosecutions that stemmed from the famed Steele Dossier and from early FISA warrants and surveillance used in the investigation.
So the GOP hatched a way to kill two birds with one stone.
Commence Operation #ReleaseTheMemo…”
Chair of the House Intel Committee Devin Nunes, without even having seen the underlying intelligence, has created a memo that reportedly accuses Rosenstein, along with Comey and FBI Deputy Director McCabe, of abusing FISA and surveillance. Not surprisingly, an army of Russia-connected bots and trolls successfully propagated a #ReleaseTheMemo hashtag on Twitter egging on the right-wing media along with several Republican Congressmen. On January 29th, House Republicans voted to make this partisan and misleading memo public, but refused to allow publication of the Democratic rebuttal by Ranking Democrat on the House Intel Committee Adam Schiff, who, of course, has actually read the underlying intelligence documentation. The FBI is also fighting back, because they’ve read it too.
This latest Nunes stunt is a coordinated, premeditated effort to influence the court of public opinion and provide cover for the President’s next play. His reckless actions based on lazy and incomplete research is endangering our national security and it represents an unprecedented GOP (partisan) attack on our law enforcement institutions and our democracy.
As of earlier Wednesday, White House aides had confirmed that President Donald Trump had not yet seen the memo before committing to making it public, Because truth doesn’t matter to him or his minions.
But it does to us. We’re tired of letting this corruption run amok.
Make this call to our Senators
Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Senator [___] to denounce on the record and in the strongest possible terms this treasonous action from the House Republicans and support the release of the democratic rebuttal to this memo.
Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
Other Senator Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com
Be prepared to march. Start your sign-making today.
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