Trump has been publicly playing with the idea of firing Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor leading the independent investigation into Russia’s election interference, their potential ties to the Trump campaign, obstruction of justice, and a litany of related financial concerns. Trump cannot fire Mueller himself, but he can coerce someone in the Justice Department to do so. Trump’s public criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, causing many to believe Trump may fire Sessions and replace him with someone who agrees to fire Mueller. Trump could even launch a large scale staffing shake-up, similar to Nixon’s “Saturday Night Massacre,” until he finds someone willing to fire Mueller.
On August 3rd, the Wall Street Journal reported that Mueller has impaneled a grand jury in Washington D.C. This is significant development showing Mueller’s seriousness in moving the investigation forward with prosecutions in mind; the grand jury allows Mueller to subpoena documents, call witnesses to testify under oath, and indict individuals if sufficient evidence of a crime arises. Because grand juries are arranged by prosecutors, if Mueller were fired now, this grand jury would effectively be dismantled. It is vital that Mueller’s position and investigation be protected.
Two bipartisan bills have been introduced in the Senate to do just that – one by Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and one by Chris Coons (D-DE) and Thom Tillis (R-NC). While the bills differ in when a judges panel would review the firing of a special prosecutor, both plans limit a president’s ability to do so. The two pairs of Senators may merge their plans when the Senate resumes work in September.
CALL417 877-7814 AND MCCASKILL 417868-8745
and urge them to upport the bipartisan legislation introduced that would protect a special counselor from inappropriate interference by the president.
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Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from Springfield.
I’m calling to express my concern that Trump may attempt to fire Special Counselor Bob Mueller in order to end the Russia investigation. I urge Senator Claire McCaskill to support the bipartisan legislation introduced that would protect a special counselor from inappropriate interference by the president.
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