Crowd Rallies At State Capitol In Support Of Russia Investigation

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Demonstrators characterized Trump as a dictator who must be held in check by Congress.

In a column he wrote in August 2017, Whitaker said that Mueller had "come up to a red line in the Russian Federation 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing". Christie visited the White House Thursday and met with Mr. Trump's son-in-law and top aide Jared Kushner, whose father he sent to prison while Christie was a US attorney.

David Bosel, a retired political scientist, described Trump's attempts to scupper the Mueller investigation as "dictatorial" and accused most Republicans in Congress of helping Trump tilt the USA towards "fascism". I was expecting 60, maybe 80 people.

What's more, as a CNN contributor and at other times, he has trashed the Mueller investigation that he will now be overseeing. The effort is supported by a large number of progressive groups including, Greenpeace, Sierra Club, and Common Cause. Drivers and bus passengers faced some delays as protesters took to the streets.

Trump announced the resignation and Whitaker's assignment on Twitter.

"The U.S. Department of Justice does not have jurisdiction to stop state attorneys general from investigating things". Protestors anxious Whitaker would use his new position to stifle the investigation before its conclusion. However, now that Sessions is gone, his acting replacement Matt Whitaker will oversee the investigation.

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The crowd in Portland was clearly angry with Trump.

"We are facing a continuing assault on our democracy", she said.

Boone said the protestors want to see the Mueller probe protected, and its final conclusions released to the public.

Another speaker, Ron Fein, who is the legal director of the Newton-based Free Speech for People, labeled Whitaker a "Trump loyalist".

Whitaker, speaking on CNN in 2017, said he had respect for Mueller and then went on to say he would be surprised if the special counsel had any concerns about the termination of Sessions and its effect on the investigation.

"There is a lot to fight against with this administration; both the president himself, but also the people he has appointed", she said.

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Mr Sessions was technically Mr Mueller's boss, but recused himself from the probe to avoid any conflict of interest because he had been an adviser on Mr Trump's election campaign, a decision which led to him falling out of the President's good graces.

Even after he arrived at the Justice Department, Whitaker expressed frustration about the length of Mueller's probe and doubts about the scope of his authority.

Installing Whitaker could clear the way for Trump to force out Mueller.

The protesters challenged the legality of Whitaker's appointment by Trump, saying they thought the next in line for the position was Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Joy Robinson said the Rock Hill's protest was put together in less than a day. "No one is above the law", Schiff said. "We have to get rid of Trump". "It may be warming, I think the evidence is inconclusive". Though the demonstration was peaceful, the crowd often burst into chants.

Emily Qualey of Portland stands on a traffic bollard at the edge of Monument Square on Thursday during the protest supporting the integrity of Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe. He also added that the fact Comey did not prosecute Trump's chief political opponent was sufficient grounds for Trump to fire him.

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