Once upon a time there was an evil emperor. One day he was shocked to find out that a number of mischief makers had started a rebellion and they had called a meeting of all the subjects that the Emperor ruled over.
In preparation for the meeting with his subjects, the Emperor asked to see the people that worked for him. The ones that made sure that his empire continued to work in the way he wanted it to. The people that he paid to do this. His staff.
Five days before the big meeting with his subjects, he informed his staff that he wanted to meet with them two days before the big meeting so that they could rehearse what he was going to tell his subjects. However, they refused to have this preparation meeting, which then had to be called off.
Any link between this tale and recent real life events is entirely coincidental.