Protests to protect Robert Mueller planned nationwide after Jeff Sessions firing

Frederick Owens
November 10, 2018

President Trump has been saying for 18 months that he wanted to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

President Donald Trump asked for Sessions' resignation and then replaced the former Alabama senator with Sessions' chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker. "He will serve our Country well...."

A group of 18 US state attorneys general Thursday urged the new Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to recuse himself from an ongoing investigation on the alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 USA general elections. Since his appointment, past comments Whitaker made about Mueller's investigation have been played regularly on some cable news stations.

"Progressives, unsurprisingly, called for mass protests against Sessions' firing, tweeting "#TrumpIsNotAboveTheLaw.

An invite for the nationwide "Nobody Is Above the Law" rallies, which garnered over 21,000 RSVPs in NY, declared that "Donald Trump just crossed a red line, violating the independence of the investigation pursuing criminal charges in the Trump-Russia scandal and cover-up". "And tomorrow at 5 PM (local time), we march in the streets".

A replacement for Mueller though would have no such constraints, potentially allowing Trump to hamstring the investigators.

Former Justice Department official Ian Prior tells CBN News Whitaker should expect ongoing attacks.

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Susan Collins, the senator from ME, echoed Romney in her tweet as well. He now has a concrete enemy in Congress to do battle with, and he gets to make the Mueller investigation a partisan fight between him and Congressional Democrats, which is where he thrives. Rosenstein had the role of supervising the probe because of Sessions' recusal.

The Vancouver protest was one of 900 such events being organized in US and Canadian cities, including Victoria and Toronto, according to Democrats Abroad.

Trevor Potter, a former Republican commissioner on the Federal Election Commission who now leads the Campaign Legal Center, which advocates for more transparency in elections, said the question of whether Whitaker should recuse himself depends on Clovis' status in the Mueller investigation.

Trump told associates that he felt Whitaker would be "loyal" and would not have recused himself from the Russian Federation probe as Sessions had done, according to the Republicans, who were not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations and commented only on condition of anonymity.

The "Nobody Is Above The Law" rally was one of about 900 taking place at across the country by MoveOn.org, which declared that Trump crossed a red line by forcing Sessions to resign and violating the independence of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of alleged Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation.

The letter, sent Thursday to Whitaker, also said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has "ably supervised the Special Counsel's investigation from its outset".

Earlier Wednesday Trump denied he would shut down Mueller's team, but still labelled the investigation an illegal "witch hunt" that had spent "millions" of dollars.

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