Crowd gathers in Rock Hill to protest Trump’s firing of Sessions

Joann Johnston
November 9, 2018

"When this happened yesterday, people started mobilizing very quickly", said Margaret Foley, the communications director for Nasty Women Get Shit Done PDX.

"Matthew Whitaker has criticized Robert Mueller's investigation again and again", said Noah Bookbinder at a park near the White House, where some 500 demonstrators had gathered as part of the "Nobody Is Above The Law" protests. They held signs saying "Truth Must Triumph" and "Repeal, Replace Trump".

Crowds also turned out in Chicago; Greensboro, North Carolina; Chattanooga, Tennessee, and many other places. He called Trump's recent actions "a rerun of the 'Saturday Night Massacre, ' " a reference to the October 20, 1973 resignations of the attorney general and deputy attorney general after each refused an order by President Richard Nixon to fire Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox. Lindsey Graham's Rock Hill office to protest the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Whitaker felt Mueller would focus on his job, regardless. He had frequently publicly castigated Sessions for recusing himself past year from the case. "Trump's attempt to be his own judge and jury is inconsistent with the rule of law and democracy".

New York City Rep. Jerrold Nadler - who is now the ranking Democratic member of the House Judiciary Committee and could be the next chairman of the committee with Democrats taking control of the U.S. House of Representatives - questioned the president's move on Twitter and said that "we will be holding people accountable".

The almost year and a half long investigation by the special counsel stems from allegations of Russian Federation coordinating with members of the Trump presidential campaign.

Donald Trump has installed a crony to oversee the special counsel's Trump-Russia investigation, crossing a red line set to protect the investigation.

"We can not let this president tell Bob Mueller what to do", Durkan, a former USA attorney, said before leading the crowd in a chant of "Let Bob do his job".

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Trump told associates that he felt that Whitaker would be "loyal" and would not have recused himself from the Russian Federation probe as Sessions had done, according to two Republicans close to the White House not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.

She said she would not move to impeach Mr Trump unless at least some Republicans were on board.

"You would always take that meeting. Graham, I do believe we have the right to get a solid answer from him", she said.

"Sometimes the voters need to do more than vote", she said.

Sam Clovis, who was co-chair of Trump's 2016 campaign and has testified before the grand jury in the Mueller investigation, said he and Whitaker became good friends when they ran against each other as Republicans in a 2014 Senate primary campaign in Iowa. The special counsel's team has been investigating Stone's connection to WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign and whether he had advance knowledge of the group's plans to release hacked material damaging to Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Americans can longer stand by and be passive as the Trump administration tries to control the outcome of the Mueller investigation, he said. The investigation, led by special counsel Robert Mueller, has already netted multiple indictments and guilty pleas. "I've had enough", Brassard said of President Trump's decision to ask for Jeff Sessions' resignation. "Worth a read", he tweeted. One possible tactic would be continually telling prosecutors that their requests require more work or evidence before moving to the next stage, said Jeffrey Cramer, a former federal prosecutor.

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