Activists Take to Streets to Protest Future of Russia Investigation
One day after Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned at the request of President Donald Trump activists are responding across the nation over the president's decision to make Matthew Whitaker acting attorney general. Whitaker, a vocal critic of the Russia investigation will now oversee Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russia Collusion.
"Civil rights are under attack! What do we do? Stand up fight back!"
Protestors say they believe by replacing Rod Rosenstein with just-named Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker as special counsel Robert Mueller's boss on the investigation, President Trump has undercut the independence of the investigation.
"It's very dubious that he would take it seriously and we believe that no one is above the law, in particular President Trump is not above the law," Indivisible of St. Peter/Greater Mankato member Marian Broida said.
"There's a rising tide of patriotic concern about what's happening in Washington and we want to join together and do what we can to help our country," concerned citizen Ruth Johnson said.
"My fear is that things will get worse. My fear is that we are going to lose the democratic institutions that make America what it is and if we don't speak out loudly, on mass now as vocally as possible and make our feelings heard, that there's going to be an increasing drip, drip, drip and we're going to be losing our rights and our freedoms," Broida added.
"I hope that people who are concerned will see that there are many of us together and if we join together we can make a change for good," Johnson said.
Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, has called on Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing the investigation. Meanwhile, Democrats are calling for emergency hearings on Sessions' removal and say they will investigate after they officially take control of the House in January.
--KEYC News 12