Attorneys General Call For Whitaker Recusal From Mueller Investigation

Fears for Russia probe as Trump fires Jeff Sessions

A large crowd marched to downtown Seattle on Thursday evening to call for protecting special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential coordination between Russian Federation and President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign. "The president could and has in our nation's history said stop investigating this person or please investigate this other person". The Portland Press Herald reported that rallies also were held in Bangor, Belfast, Brunswick, Kittery, Lewiston and Rockland. What? Because he has an impression what the Mueller investigation should look like is different from what Senate and House Democrats believe?

One organizer for Capital Area Indivisible, Jessica Gorton of Readfield, has helped organize other area events for the group, including the 2017 Women's March.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) says there's no need for concern.

"Everyone must adhere to the rule of law, even the president of the United States", Davis said, earning a loud cheer from the crowd.

Wes Boone carried a sign quoting Graham's words from July 2017: "If Jeff Sessions is fired, there will be holy hell to pay". Sessions' chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, has been named acting attorney general.

Two months after the article was published, Whitaker went to work at the Department of Justice. Trump also labeled a question from a reporter about whether he wants Whitaker to restrict Mueller's investigation as "stupid".

Indivisible member Eileen Kreutz, of Industry, traveled to attend the protest after hearing about it through communications from Indivisible.

The Saturday Night Massacre refers to an incident in 1973 when President Nixon ordered his attorney general and deputy attorney general to fire independent special prosecutor Archibald Cox, who was investigating the Watergate scandal.

"We have to be as strategic and methodical as we possibly can", said one senior Democratic aide who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal strategy. Trump defended the ban by saying: "This is a very sacred place".

The former Republican senator was active in the Trump campaign and had met twice with the Russian ambassador to the US.

"Among other things, this wave election in ME was a massive repudiation of the authoritarianism of Donald Trump", said Dini Merz, one of the leaders of Mainers for Accountable Leadership.

Nobody Is Above The Law said it had been preparing "rapid response" protests, just in case of a major development in the investigation. "And that is a problem for all of us".

Warner criticized Trump for not appointing a bureaucrat who previously got senatorial confirmation - naming Rosenstein and Solicitor General Noel Francisco.

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

"We will not allow Trump to get away with obstructing this criminal investigation, and we will not allow Congress to abdicate its responsibility under the Constitution".

The protesters gathered earlier in the evening at Cal Anderson Park to hear speeches by Gov. Jay Inslee, U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Seattle, and King County Executive Dow Constantine before marching to the Jackson Federal Building. That appears to be coming to an end now that Whitaker has entirely taken over that role.

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