Police detectives in Pittsburgh have been instructed to start bringing their riot gear to work over fears that President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response MORE could soon fire special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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.
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.
JUST IN: Just spoke to Mayor Bill Peduto, who confirms Pgh Police are preparing for possible protests. Peduto says the commander’s email asking for detectives to bring uniforms & riot gear starting tomorrow, is just precautionary #WTAE— Marcie Cipriani (@MCipriani_WTAE) April 18, 2018
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 McConnellFord to bolster electric vehicle production in multi-billion dollar push On The Money — GOP blocks spending bill to kick off chaotic week in congress Overnight Health Care — Presented by Alrtia — Booster shots get bipartisan rollout 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.