Thousands demand Mueller protection after Trump fires Sessions

Brunilde Fioravanti
Novembre 9, 2018

Rallies were staged across the Tampa Bay area on Thursday to support special counsel Robert Mueller, whose investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election may be in jeopardy.

"If Mueller wants to do any more subpoenas, if he wants to bring in Don talk about the meeting at Trump Tower, he has to go through Whitaker to make that happen", said Scot Northern, who attended the protest in Iowa City. Hundreds of events were organized, stretching as far as Amsterdam. Marie Follayttar Smith, executive director of Mainers for Accountable Leadership, said rallies were also held in Bangor, Brunswick, Augusta, Lewiston, Belfast, Kittery and Rockland. "Trump's attempt to be his own judge and jury is inconsistent with the rule of law and democracy".

The row, carried live on national TV networks, was followed by Trump issuing angry put-downs to several other reporters.

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

Whitaker has taken over from Jeff Sessions, who resigned Wednesday after months of pressure from President Trump to do so.

"I'm confident the White House is looking for someone who the president and country can have confidence in, and be confirmed by the Senate", Graham said in a statement.

"According to the chain of command, (Rosenstein) should be the attorney general", Gorton said.

"We're here because Trump replaced Sessions and installed someone who will do his bidding, who has voiced his hostility to the Bob Mueller investigation", said Mary Melancon, 75, of Tampa.

Indivisible member Eileen Kreutz, of Industry, traveled to attend the protest after hearing about it through communications from Indivisible. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has been overseeing it because of Sessions's recusal.

Jerry Role, a retired Department of Justice staffer told Al Jazeera that Trump's actions this week threatened the integrity of U.S. democracy. Trump defended the ban by saying: "This is a very sacred place".

Whitaker is a former USA attorney from Iowa who founded a law firm with other Republican Party activists.

She said Graham's newest remarks on the Sessions replacement is "a tap dance that's getting old".

Americans can longer stand by and be passive as the Trump administration tries to control the outcome of the Mueller investigation, he said.

Donald Trump has installed a crony to oversee the special counsel's Trump-Russia investigation, crossing a red line set to protect the investigation.

"It would create a constitutional crisis if this were a prelude to ending or greatly limiting the Mueller investigation", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). "And that is a problem for all of us".

"President Trump has fired the attorney general". She pointed at her children and added: "It's important for these guys right here".

Kreutz said if any president, regardless of political party, was dodging procedure with appointments, she would be protesting in the same manner.

About 40 people gathered Thursday night at Fountain Park in downtown Rock Hill and marched to U.S. Sen.

Mueller has tended to make major announcements over the Russian Federation probe on Fridays. That appears to be coming to an end now that Whitaker has entirely taken over that role.

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