Thousands of people are marching from Times Square to Union Square on Thursday evening in solidarity with nationwide protests demanding Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker recuse himself from the special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, fearing he will end or limit the investigation. Hundreds of events were organized, stretching as far as Amsterdam. More than 20,000 people RSVP'd for the Manhattan march. The Portland Press Herald reported that rallies also were held in Bangor, Belfast, Brunswick, Kittery, Lewiston and Rockland.
Whitaker's elevation to become the nation's top law enforcement official followed the ouster Wednesday of Jeff Sessions as attorney general.
"Calls for an independent counsel or commission to investigate allegations that Russian Federation tried to interfere with our elections ring hollow when similar calls for special counsels during the scandals of the Obama administration were dismissed out of hand by the same people making these demands now", Whitaker said.
The Augusta protest brought out newly elected Kennebec County District Attorney Megan Maloney, who accused Trump of "sidestepping the law" in an apparent attempt to halt the investigation. He'll likely be remembered as the worst Attorney General in American history.
"It's not necessary. The Mueller investigation is not under threat", McConnell said Friday at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort.
Indivisible member Eileen Kreutz, of Industry, traveled to attend the protest after hearing about it through communications from Indivisible.
A protester holds up a sign November 8 outside the Monroe County Courthouse during a protest against the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions by President Trump.
"We don't have a king or a junta or a dictator, do we?" said Arlington Heights rally organizer Jerry Freda. Trump has crossed a red line - and we're mobilizing.
"There is a very specific scope to this investigation", Whitaker said.
She said Graham's newest remarks on the Sessions replacement is "a tap dance that's getting old".
Meanwhlie, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee say Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should continue oversight of the Mueller investigation. It will also be Whitaker's decision whether to pass along evidence of any criminal wrongdoing by the president to Congress for any possible action. The latest indication of the fury came Wednesday when he forced out his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, whose recusal opened the door to Mueller's appointment. "And that is a problem for all of us".
However, the ACLU had a few other choice departing words for the now former Attorney General.
"He's called it a lynch mob", said Bookbinder, head of the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, a Washington group.
"Everyone must adhere to the rule of law, even the president of the United States", Davis said, earning a loud cheer from the crowd.
Moscow has denied USA security agencies' allegations that it interfered in the election in a bid to help Trump.
When a reporter asked he if wanted Whitaker to rein in Mueller, he called it a 'stupid question.' Whitaker has spoken publicly about the need to rein in Mueller, and skeptics have called it the sole goal of his appointment.
In July 2017, he said during an interview on CNN that he could envision a scenario under which a temporary attorney general doesn't fire Mueller but rather "just reduces his budget to so low that his investigations grinds to nearly a halt".