Pittsburgh police told to prepare for protests over potential Mueller firing: report
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Police detectives in Pittsburgh have been instructed to start bringing their riot gear to work over fears that President TrumpDonald John TrumpThorny part of obstruction of justice is proving intent, that's a job for Congress Obama condemns attacks in Sri Lanka as 'an attack on humanity' Schiff rips Conway's 'display of alternative facts' on Russian election interference MORE could soon fire special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE and set off widespread protests.

WTAE reporter Marcie Cipriani obtained emails sent to detectives in Pittsburgh warning them of a “potential large scale protest” in the city.

“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 email read.

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Noting that the “protest would be semi-spontaneous and more than likely happen on short notice,” detectives were instructed to “bring a full uniform and any issued protective equipment (riot gear) with them to work until further notice.”

The email was signed by Commander Victor Joseph of Pittsburgh’s major crimes division.

Cipriani tweeted that Mayor Bill Peduto (D) told her police were preparing for possible protests over a potential Mueller firing, and that the email was a precautionary measure. 

Hundreds of thousands of Americans have signed up to protest if Trump does decide to fire Mueller.

Speculation has risen that Trump could move to fire Mueller. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate Republicans tested on Trump support after Mueller Anti-smoking advocates question industry motives for backing higher purchasing age Former Bush assistant: Mueller report makes Obama look 'just plain bad' MORE (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that the Senate won't take up a measure to protect Mueller.

The White House said earlier this month that Trump believes he has the power to fire Mueller.