Protests to protect Robert Mueller planned nationwide after Jeff Sessions firing

09 November, 2018, 20:13 | Author: Dominic Spencer
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"People ... across this country gathered today to say ..."

The Vancouver protest was one of 900 such events being organized in US and Canadian cities, including Victoria and Toronto, according to Democrats Abroad. Augusta protesters challenged the legality of Whitaker's appointment by Trump.

In an article for The Hill, Whitaker said that former FBI Director James Comey was "just wrong" to say that there was no case against her: "I was a federal prosecutor for five years and was proud to serve in the Department of Justice, and I would've brought that case".

Professor Scott Lucas of the University of Birmingham described the situation as "unprecedented" but said the Democrats would likely have a plan in place should Trump make a move on Mueller through the acting attorney general or a future appointment.

Sen. Angus King said Thursday that Congress should pass legislation to protect the Mueller probe. But Trump has long sought greater visibility into the probe.

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The protests came in response to President Trump installing longtime ally Matthew Whitaker as Acting Attorney General, taking over oversight of the Mueller investigation from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Whitaker had previously criticized Mueller's probe.

While Whitaker is now Mueller's supervisor, it was not clear Thursday whether that meant Rosenstein would step aside.

"The attorney general receives a regular flow of information about the special counsel's actions; he can demand an explanation for any of them; and he has power to intervene when he deems it appropriate to prevent a deviation from established Departmental practices", Mueller wrote.

Joy Robinson said the Rock Hill's protest was put together in less than a day.

In Bloomington, many protesters held cardboard signs reading "Nobody Is Above the Law", "Protect Mueller Protect Democracy" and other statements in support of the Mueller probe. "We have to get rid of Trump". "I feel the United States has become an autocracy", said Roberta Zuckerman of South Portland.

Mueller is investigating allegations of Russian meddling and collusion in the 2016 USA presidential election.

"I feel he (Trump) is the bully in the china shop and we are the china", Sheaffer said.

Several people were invited to speak during the protest, which lasted about 40 minutes.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, one of several public officials invited to the event, called Mueller "an wonderful public servant".

Mueller has tended to make major announcements over the Russian Federation probe on Fridays. "We prosecuted the largest number of violent offenders and firearm defendants in our country's history", he said in his resignation letter.

Whitaker's stances on the Robert Mueller probe and a number of other hot-button topics have drawn criticism.

"This can not just be a moment", speaker Jean Capler said.

"He's called it a lynch mob", said Bookbinder, head of the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, a Washington group.



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