Activists plan nationwide protests to protect Mueller probe

Activists plan nationwide protests to protect Mueller probe
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Progressive groups are organizing hundreds of protests across the country on Thursday calling for special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE's investigation to be protected after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Trump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment MORE installed a new official to oversee the probe.

Under the banner "Nobody Is Above The Law," the coalition of progressive activists led by the group MoveOn has called for people to gather in cities at 5 p.m. Thursday in an effort to protect the investigation and Mueller himself.

The group has argued that Trump's naming of Matt WhitakerMatthew G WhitakerEx-federal prosecutor: 'Thank God' Whitaker is gone, Barr will bring 'integrity' back to DOJ GOP pollster says Dems are relitigating 2016 election with investigations of Trump Former senior FBI official calls Whitaker hearing ‘disgraceful’ MORE as acting attorney general, who will in turn will take over oversight of the federal Russia investigation from Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinTrump: I didn't fire Mueller since firings 'didn't work out too well' for Nixon Trump: I didn't fire Mueller since firings 'didn't work out too well' for Nixon GOP group urges Republicans to speak out on obstruction claims against Trump in new ad MORE, crossed a "red line set to protect the investigation."

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Whitaker, who has served as outgoing Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsSarah Sanders to leave White House Sarah Sanders to leave White House Barr compares his return to DOJ to D-Day invasion MORE's chief of staff, has been a sharp critic of Mueller's probe in the past, prompting multiple Democratic lawmakers to raise concerns that he could undermine the Russia investigation in his new role.

"Given his record of threats to undermine & weaken the Russia investigation, Matthew Whitaker should recuse himself from any involvement in Mueller’s investigation," House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOcasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment GOP nervous that border wall fight could prompt year-end shutdown MORE (D-Calif.) said on Wednesday. "Congress must take immediate action to protect the rule of law and integrity of the investigation."

The progressive groups are demanding that Whitaker immediately remove himself from oversight of the Mueller investigation.