Responding to the rumor that President Trump may fire special counsel Robert Mueller for what is increasingly seen as a witch hunt and a possible attempt at a “coup,” Walter Shaub, a former “ethics czar” under President Obama, said he was stocking up on gear in preparation to “take the streets.”
“This weekend I’m stocking up on portable phone chargers, warm clothes, & gear needed for when we take the streets. I’m concerned the assault on the rule of law is coming over the holidays when we’re distracted. It‘ll be a defining moment for the Republic,” he wrote on Twitter.
The Daily Caller reported that Shaub “quit his position earlier this year in protest against Trump,” and circulated an advertisement for an event sponsored by the far-left activist group MoveOn.org.
According to the Daily Caller:
The event is a “rapid response protest” that will form on short notice if Trump removes Mueller from office.
“Please note that the listed date is a placeholder and will be updated to be within 24 hours of the firing, should it occur,” reads MoveOn’s notice.
The group notified participants that they must “agree to engage in nonviolent, peaceful action, to act lawfully, and to strive to de-escalate any potential confrontations with those who may disagree with our values.”
Despite Shaub’s dramatic plea, there is no indication that Trump plans to fire Mueller, who took over as special counsel in May. Some Democratic lawmakers, including California Rep. Jackie Speier, said that there have been “rumors” that Trump plans to shut down Mueller’s probe.
“The rumor on the Hill when I left yesterday was that the president was going to make a significant speech at the end of next week. And on Dec. 22, when we are out of D.C., he was going to fire Robert Mueller,” Speier said, without citing any sources.
The Daily Caller added:
Trump himself cannot fire Mueller. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would have to make the decision. Rosenstein is who appointed Mueller to office in May after Trump fired James Comey as FBI director. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is out of the loop because he recused himself from the Russia investigation.
If Trump wanted Rosenstein to fire Mueller, and if Rosenstein refused, Trump would have to replace Rosenstein with someone who would be willing to shut down the special counsel investigation. Trump could also fire Sessions and replace him with someone willing to fire Mueller.
Shaub, who resigned as director of the Office of Government Ethics in July, was mocked by conservatives on Twitter for his dramatic decision to stock up on “gear” in anticipation of Mueller’s firing. He clarified that the event would be a non-violent protest.
As it turns out, Trump said Sunday he has no plans to fire Mueller.
“No, I’m not,” he told reporters after returning from Camp David.
Nevertheless, Shaub’s tweet seemed like a threat to quite a few on social media.
Sounded like a simple statement to me. But, your taking it to the streets sounded like a threat to me.
— 🇺🇸G Can👠⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@GCando1) December 17, 2017
Did you mean "take TO the streets"? Because "take the streets" sounds like an armed rebellion.
— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) December 16, 2017
Shaub dismissed that as a “typo,” but it seems others used the exact same language.
It’s weird because Rob Reiner typed the same thing which he retweeted
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) December 17, 2017
One person suggested Shaub invest in a straightjacket instead:
— LizzieK (@BrynnaTM) December 17, 2017
And another suggested he get professional help:
This, by the way, is the modern left. It’s enough to make one think they really do want a second civil war over Trump…
- Fox News’ Jesse Watters suggests: We may have an anti-Trump ‘coup on our hands in America’
- Movie director Duncan Jones suggests military coup ‘to defend democracy’ from GOP
- Under Two Minutes: Jesse Watters Exposes Leftist de Facto Coup D’état against Trump
- Chicago protesters march for coup d’etat: ‘Patriotism is racism’
- Attempted coup: Petition demands Electoral College ignore will of voters, install Hillary as President
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