The leftist progressives are continuing to fuel the rumor mill alleging President Donald Trump plans to fire special counsel Robert Mueller despite President Trump’s repeated assertions that he has no current plans to fire Mueller.
Directly stemming from those rumors, serious and potentially credible threats have begun to take place. Now Pittsburgh police forces have actually received word of a potential large-scale protest prompting official action and preparation for an eventuality that in all likelihood may never actually occur.
Pittsburgh Police Commander Victor Joseph sent out an official email to officers on Wednesday stating: “We have received information of a potential large-scale protest in the Central Business District. There is a belief that President Trump will soon move to fire Special Prosecutor Mueller. This would result in a large protest within 24 hours of the firing. The protest would be semi-spontaneous and more than likely happen on short notice.
Based on this information, beginning tomorrow, April 19, 2018, all Major Crimes detectives are required to bring a full uniform and any issued protective equipment (riot gear) with them to work until further notice. We may be needed to assist in the event that there is a large scale protest. The uniform requirement does not apply to any detectives on modified duty.”
As a result, the city of Pittsburgh believes this protest could and will take place in Pittsburgh’s Central Business District within 24 hours of Special Counsel Mueller’s much-theorized removal.
The internal email issued dire warnings, stating – “We may be needed to assist in the event that there is a large-scale protest. Based on this information, beginning tomorrow, April 19, 2018, all major crimes detectives are required to bring a full uniform and any issued protective equipment, riot gear, with them to work until further notice.”
— Marcie Cipriani (@MCipriani_WTAE) April 18, 2018
WTAE news reporter Marcie Cipriani broke the news of the email and states she confirmed the order with Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto himself. Peduto claims the preparations are precautionary only at this time, however, he could not say what prompted the preparations.
Peduto states – “You want to be precautionary, especially on something that is unprecedented in American history.” Though it is not currently clear exactly how Pittsburgh police reached their “belief” that President Trump would fire Mueller soon, or at all.
Mayor Bill Peduto on why Pgh police have been ordered to have riot gear on hand, if Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller is fired: “You want to be precautionary, especially on something that is unprecedented in American history” #WTAE
— Marcie Cipriani (@MCipriani_WTAE) April 18, 2018
In an official statement, Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich spoke on the riot preparation –
“The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police receives information that we evaluate and prepare for if the event should occur. Events can include anything from extreme weather to potential demonstrations.
Often the events we prepare for do not occur. However, through an abundance of caution, we attempt to adequately prepare for an appropriate response.
We receive information regularly about potential events and/or threats, assess the credibility of the information and plan for a potential event. In this case, we have not assessed the credibility of the potential for disturbances, and we do not have any knowledge of the President’s decision-making process.
Often the events we prepare for do not occur. However, through an abundance of caution, we attempt to adequately prepare for an appropriate response.We receive information regularly about potential events and/or threats, assess the credibility of the information and plan for a potential event. In this case, we have not assessed the credibility of the potential for disturbances, and we do not have any knowledge of the President’s decision-making process.”
In addition, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY-R) also further added to the mystery of just why Pittsburg city officials and police were so very alarmed as to prepare for full-scale riots in preparation of Mueller’s firing after he appeared on Fox News speaking about legislation designed to protect Mueller. McConnell appeared on “Your World with Neil Cavuto” and was asked about the ongoing and highly contentious Mueller investigation into the alleged contacts between Russian officials and President Trump’s campaign.
The legislation in question is designed to protect Mueller from being dismissed by President Trump. McConnell dismissed the legislation, stating it was “not necessary” and would not be brought to the Senate floor.
McConnell stated: “There’s no indication that Mueller’s going to be fired. I don’t think the president’s going to do that and just as a practical matter, even if we passed [the bill], why would he sign it?
I’m the one who decides what [legislation] we take to the floor. That’s my responsibility as the majority leader. We’ll not be having this on the floor of the Senate.”
Additional, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote later this month on a measure that would enshrine in law Justice Department regulations saying a special counsel can only be fired for good cause and by a senior Justice Department official.
Yet despite protests from both President Trump and McConnell, leftist groups continue to fan the flames of the rumor mill, riling their base.
Last week House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi (CA-D) sent out a fundraising email designed to fan the flames of the rumor mill. The email was labeled with the click-bait title – “Mueller FIRED” then Pelosi went on to ask people to donate to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. All while she listed one wild speculation after another regarding President Trump firing Mueller in retaliation for the FBI raid on Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen.
Pelosi wrote the email just one day after President Trump stated he had no plans to fire Mueller, stating – “I’m so furious I can barely write this email. President Trump is inches away from firing Robert Mueller and derailing the entire Russia investigation.”