Seattle is ready to pounce if President Donald Trump fires Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
He seems more willing now than ever. Following yesterday’s FBI raid of the office of his personal lawyer, Trump told reporters, “Why don’t I just fire Mueller. Well, I think it’s a disgrace what’s going on. We’ll see what happens.”
Organizers in hundreds of U.S. cities have rapid response plans if Trump cans the man investigating ties between his election campaign and Russia.
Seattle Indivisible plans to hold a rally at Cal Anderson Park. Several events, not just Mueller’s firing, would trigger the protest. For instance, if Trump issues a blanket pardon to anyone being investigated in the Russia probe or if he fires Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Sign up for text alerts on this MoveOn.org page if you’d like to be notified as soon as protest plans get rolling.
The protest has been in the works since at least June, when Trump started looking into firing Mueller a month after he was appointed.
Kati Wilkins, a board member of Seattle Indivisible, told me over the phone that anytime news percolates that Trump may fire Mueller, she notifies the city that a protest may be in store. Last time they talked, Wilkins estimated that 10,000 people might show up for a rally.
"I would expect 15,000 to 20,000 at this point,” Wilkins said. "I think people will be very angry."
About 7,000 people have signed up for text and email alerts on the MoveOn.org page.
Read more about the rally here.