Protesters gathered in major cities around the U.S. on Thursday over President TrumpDonald John TrumpMueller report findings could be a 'good day' for Trump, Dem senator says Trump officials heading to China for trade talks next week Showdown looms over Mueller report MORE's firing of Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsMueller's investigation ends, but divisive political circus will continue Mueller delivers report to Justice, ending investigation Trump says 'people will not stand' for Mueller report MORE, rallying in support of Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE, the special counsel in charge of the investigation into Russian election meddling.

The hashtag "#ProtectMueller" was the top trending term on Twitter in the U.S. Thursday night as demonstrators gathered in Washington, D.C., New York and Boston, as well as other cities around the country.

A list of events hosted by the activist group Public Citizen listed dozens of events in smaller cities in nearly every state Thursday night as demonstrators protested what many thought to be an effort by the president to begin shutting down the Russia investigation.

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Sessions is set to be replaced by Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general pending a permanent replacement to be confirmed by the Senate. Whitaker in the past has been a vocal opponent of the Mueller investigation.

Photos of events posted on Twitter showed hundreds of protesters gathered in various locations holding signs reading "Protect Mueller" and "Nobody is above the law."

Protests Thursday came hours after Arizona Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeTrump's attacks on McCain exacerbate tensions with Senate GOP Schumer to introduce bill naming Senate office building after McCain amid Trump uproar Trump keeps tight grip on GOP MORE (R), himself a frequent critic of the president, vowed to force a vote in the Senate on bill that would codify Justice Department regulations stating that only a senior DOJ official can fire the special counsel.

Trump has been critical of the Mueller investigation for months, deeming the probe which has ensnared several former members of his campaign in criminal charges as a "witch hunt" led by "angry Democrats."

Sessions had been expected to exit the Trump administration for months, and turned in his resignation to Trump on Wednesday just hours after Democrats retook the House in Tuesday's midterm elections.