UTICA (AP/WKTV) - Protesters have converged in cities nationwide, including Utica, to call for the protection of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential coordination between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign.
About 150 demonstrators gathered Thursday evening in front of the State Office Building along Genesee Street in Utica and chanted slogans including "Hands off Mueller" and "Nobody's above the law". They held signs saying "It’s Mueller Time" and "Let Mueller Finish! Stop Trump!"
Crowds also turned out in New York City, Chicago, Greensboro, North Carolina, Chattanooga, Tennessee, and many other places. Organizers say the naming of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is a "deliberate attempt to obstruct the special counsel's investigation."
“We are demanding of the White House and Congress protect the Mueller investigation under the rule of American life,” Jen Deweerth of Indivisible MV & Citizens Action said. “The only thing standing between Trump and Mueller was Ron Rosenstein and he has been removed from the supervision of the investigation. So we are very concerned that the investigation will not be allowed to continue and we will not know the truth."
Trump asked for Jeff Sessions' resignation and then replaced him with Whitaker, his chief of staff. Whitaker has criticized Mueller's probe.
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