Today, TrumpIsNotAboveTheLaw.org, a collaborative effort of dozens of organizations from across the political and ideological spectrum, released a video featuring Sam Waterston, the Academy Award nominated star of The Killing Fields and NBC’s Law & Order.
The brainchild of Eva Paterson, the video was produced and directed by Valerie Stadler, written by Linda Burstyn and Norm Eisen, and edited by Eurie Chung.
In the video, Waterston introduces Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, “the most important U.S. prosecutor you’ve never heard of,” and the DOJ official overseeing Robert Mueller. He discusses how Trump firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would be the first step to firing special counsel Robert Mueller — whose investigation has escalated dramatically in recent weeks.
“In America there’s a simple rule: no person is above the law. If you break the law, you pay the price. Donald Trump doesn’t like this rule. And there’s only one way for us to stop him. Once President Trump knows that you won’t stand for this firing, once he knows that you care about our democracy and our democratic institutions, he will have to back off,” said Waterston.
“So please: Join me and fellow Americans in standing up for our democracy and the rule of law. Visit: TrumpIsNotAboveTheLaw.org and commit to protesting peacefully if Trump fires Rosenstein. Our democracy is at stake.”
Any action to block the investigation such as firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would cross one of several red lines, including:
1.Firing Special Counsel Mueller;
2.Pardoning key witnesses;
3.Taking actions that would prevent the investigation from being conducted freely, such as firing Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein or repealing the regulations establishing the special counsel’s office.
If any of these red lines are crossed, the Trump Administration’s attempts to obstruct the independent investigation would be met with mass protests nationwide as the number of people signing up at TrumpIsNotAboveTheLaw.org has swelled to more than 300,000 supporters at more than 800 locations across the country.
Concerned Americans can go to TrumpIsNotAboveTheLaw.org to use the map tool or search by ZIP Code to find a protest event near them, or create one if none exists.
Currently, there are more than 800 protest locations in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, including cities such as: Salt Lake City, UT; Juneau, AK; Carson City, NV; Chattanooga, TN; Little Rock, AR; Tupelo, MS; Grand Forks, CO; New York City, NY; Houston, TX; Seattle, WA; Los Angeles, CA; and Washington, D.C.
Sam Waterston Web Video For TrumpIsNotAboveTheLaw.org
Executive Producer – Eva Paterson
Director – Valerie Stadler
Producers – Valerie Stadler, Linda Burstyn, Martin Wallace
Writers – Linda Burstyn, Norm Eisen
Editor – Eurie Chung
Director Of Photography – William Dearborn
Composer – Jeff Rona
TrumpIsNotAboveTheLaw.org is not organized by any individual group and is instead a collaborative effort of dozens of organizations from across the political and ideological spectrum, including the Truman National Security Project, MoveOn Civic Action, Public Citizen, Stand Up America, March for Truth, Common Cause, Indivisible, People for the American Way, Democracy 21, Center for American Progress Action Fund, The Arena, Together We Will, Common Defense, Free Speech for People, Demos, Town Hall Project, NextGen America, Women’s March, March On, Friends of the Earth, Bend The Arc Jewish Action, Lawyers for Good Government, Americans for Democratic Action, American Family Voices, The Center for Popular Democracy, Equal Justice Society, Revolving Door Project, American Federation of Teachers, Color of Change, Need to Impeach, Resist Bot, Progress North Carolina Action, Sierra Club, Tax March, Our Society, Ultraviolet, Heath Care Voter, Rapid Resist, and Protect Democracy.