The New York Times reported that in June of 2017, Trump ordered the firing of Mueller, but backed down when his White House lawyer threatened to quit over the decision.
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.
Last fall, Mueller impaneled a grand jury in Washington D.C. That was a 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.
Who To Call: Senators Kennedy and Cassidy
Senator Bill Cassidy: DC Office: 202-224-5824; Metairie office: 504-838-0130; Monroe: 318-324-2111; Lake Charles 337-493-5398; Alexandria: 318-448-7176
Senator John Kennedy: DC office: 202-224-4623; New Orleans: 504-581-6190; Lafayette: (337) 269-5980; Monroe: (318) 361-1489; Alexandria: (318) 445-2892; Baton Rouge: (225) 926-8033; Shreveport: (318) 670-5192
Hi, my name is [Your Name] and I’m an active voter from New Orleans, ZIP Code 70118 [or wherever you're from].
I'm calling to express my concern that Trump already attempted to fire Special Counselor Bob Mueller in order to end the Russia investigation, and may do so again. I urge the Senator to support bipartisan legislation that would protect a special counselor from inappropriate interference by the president.
Thank you for your time and attention.
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