Anti-Trump protesters in Cottonwood join nationwide protests backing Mueller probe

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"It's not ok for someone to break the law and be above the law". Protests were scheduled at 5 p.m.

How many people will show up remains to be seen. In New York's Times Square, demonstrators chanted slogans including "Hands off Mueller" and "Nobody's above the law" before marching downtown.

Some held signs that read "Trump is not above the law" and "Protect Mueller!"

USA media reported that Trump had asked White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to ask Sessions to resign, prompting Sessions to submit the letter.

Nancy, another protester who did not want to give her last name, said Trump in trying to impede the Mueller probe has done something she thinks will potentially destroy the country.

Trump insisted Friday that he had not spoken with Whitaker about the Mueller investigation.

The AP reported that the resignation "was the culmination of a toxic relationship" between Sessions and Trump based on a few factors, but largely Session's having recused himself from dealing with Mueller's probe.

Mueller's team effectively worked behind closed doors in the months leading up to the 2018 midterms, taking little to no action publicly.

The ongoing investigation has produced guilty pleas from four former Trump aides.

On Thursday, two people close to Whitaker said he has no intention of taking himself off the Russian Federation case.

Suburban activists, like many Democratic leaders, called for newly appointed acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to step away from overseeing Mueller's investigation because he previously made statements against it.

"I'm very anxious", said Nicole Lockett, waving an American flag.

Whitaker has questioned Mueller's authority to investigate aspects of Trump's election campaign and suggested how to end the investigation: by cutting its budget.

Whitaker, a former USA attorney from Iowa and a Hawkeye, has been an outspoken critic of the probe. Several senior officials said they were surprised by the criticism and believe it could potentially jeopardize his chances to remain in the post if it continues to dominate headlines. "You would have somebody from your campaign take the meeting to try to get the information", he said.

What does this all mean for the investigation being led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and what can we expect going forward?

Whitaker also laid out in a July 26, 2017, CNN appearance a hypothetical scenario in which Mueller's investigation could be stifled without him being fired.

And so, when Robert Mueller, the special counsel, was later appointed to lead the Russian Federation probe, oversight of that investigation fell to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Schumer said Trump's appointment of Whitaker without Senate confirmation "ignored the statutory line of succession and potentially violated the Appointments Clause of the Constitution, which requires all principal officers of the government to be nominated by the president by and with the advice and consent of the Senate". "Worth a read", he tweeted.

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