The New York Times reported on Friday that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein suggested in 2017 that he secretly record President Donald Trump "to expose the chaos" in the White House. NYT also claimed that Rosenstein also discussed "recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment." Public Citizen -- a leftist political organization that opposes Trump’s policies -- is calling on 400,000 of its followers in 1,000 cities across the country to “to take to the streets” should the President use the report as a pretext to fire Rosenstein.

The website, titled “Trump is not above the law”, which is managed by the leftist activist organization MoveOn, declares: “Donald Trump could be preparing to put himself above the law. We won’t allow it.” It contends that the President will create a “constitutional crisis” should he fire special counsel Robert Mueller or Rosenstein, or should he attempt to “compromise” Mueller’s investigation into supposed links between Russia and the Trump campaign. 

“Our response in the hours following a potential power grab will dictate what happens next — whether Congress will stand up to Trump or allow him to move our democracy toward authoritarianism,” says MoveOn. Apparently coordinating with the allied Public Citizen organization, MoveOn is holding "Nobody Is Above the Law" rallies across the country. As of Friday afternoon, the website claimed that 400,000 persons have signed-up to attend rallies in every state. 


According to the New York Times, "Rosenstein made these suggestions in the spring of 2017 when Mr. Trump’s firing of James B. Comey as FBI director plunged the White House into turmoil. Over the ensuing days, the President divulged classified intelligence to Russians in the Oval Office, and revelations emerged that Mr. Trump had asked Mr. Comey to pledge loyalty and end an investigation into a senior aide."

Among leftists who encourage protesters to join the anti-Trump rallies is Jordan Uhl. His LinkedIn account notes that he is a former journalist who works for MoveOn as “Video Distribution Manager.” While he is calling on MoveOn followers and allies to attend the rallies, he does not show an inclination to come to the aid of Rosenstein, if the FBI official is eventually fired.

Uhl responded to a tweet by Timothy B. Lee, who wrote: “But also I assume the reason liberals would fund a Rosenstein GoFundMe is that they'd want to encourage others in the administration to stand up to Trump. If that's the idea it doesn't matter if you think he's particularly deserving.” Uhl wrote: “You shouldn't have to be bribed into doing the right thing when you work in the government. It's called public service for a reason.”

In another tweet, Uhl discouraged his followers from establishing a GoFundMe account in Rosenstein’s name.

Also on Twitter, CNN analyst and former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti wrote that he will “peacefully march” if Rosenstein is fired in order to show the “world that no one is above the law.” 

Some leftists on Twitter are suggesting that the release of the Rosenstein memos is a set-up produced by the White House.

In at least one case, a journalist took sides as to whether or not the NYT article was a product of the White House. Pedro da Costa of Business Insider wrote: “The Rod Rosenstein story is a set-up.”

Norm Eisen, who served head Barack Obama’s ethics czar and ambassador to the Czech Republic, tweeted a video in which he appeals to viewers to join him in the rallies against Trump. He suggested that Trump would endanger the “rule of law” if he should fire Rosenstein and thus effectively “throttle” special counsel Mueller’s investigation. Currently, Eisen leads Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a leftist advocacy group.

Among conservatives calling for Rosenstein’s dismissal are Laura Ingraham, Jeanine Pirro, Tom Fitton. Fitton, who leads Judicial Watch, tweeted: "This is a crisis. It shows the DOJ & FBI think that they are laws unto themselves. Rod Rosenstein thinks that he runs the show."

 


 

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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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