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Friday, 9 November 2018

Dear Mr President,

Like millions of other Americans, my wife and I signed up to join a demonstration this week to protest your appointment of an obscure lawyer (whose chief qualification seems to be loyalty to you) as Acting Attorney General – instead of the Deputy Attorney General who has been examined and confirmed by the Senate. Your unusual and illegal action is, as we all know, a prelude to the firing of the Special Counsel and the ending of the investigation into probable corruption by your campaign, your administration, your family, and you.

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Like millions of other Americans, my wife and I signed up to join a demonstration this week to protest your appointment of an obscure lawyer (whose chief qualification seems to be loyalty to you) as Acting Attorney General.

In agreeing to join this demonstration, I signed a pledge to remain peaceful, to obey the law and the police and to cooperate with the organizers of the protest in maintaining order. And I adhered to my pledge. In the five previous marches and rallies I have attended since your inauguration with my wife and friends, I carried my sign, listened to the speeches, talked calmly to my fellow protestors, and went quietly home. This time was no different, except that we arrived too late to hear the speeches. No matter, we had heard them before. Nothing changes as a result of these gatherings, but we always feel better, because we have demonstrated our commitment to reason and order.

But that is as far as my commitment to order can go. My next protest march will be because you have actually taken the step that at this moment is still a threat. You will have engineered the silencing not only of the investigation, but of the law, and thus you will have taken an unmistakable and irrevocable step into dictatorship. And the only order in a dictatorship is the order of the dictator.

I will maintain my commitment to civil disobedience. I will brandish no weapons besides my passive body and my active words. I will sit down in the hallways or on the steps or in the street. I will march where the police forbid me to march and speak when they forbid me to speak. I will remain civil. But I will disorder, obstruct, and disobey.

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Dan Embree

Received by the White House at 00:05 AM EST, 9 November 2018