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 Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's investigation to be protected after President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration 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 Jay RosensteinRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Warren: Officials have duty ‘to invoke 25th amendment’ if they think Trump is unfit McCabe: Trump 'may have' committed a crime in blocking Russia probe 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 SessionsRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports McCabe: Trump's 'relentless attack' on FBI prompted memoir Trump: 'Disgraced' McCabe, Rosenstein look like they were planning 'very illegal act' 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 Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiDonald Trump proved himself by winning fight for border security Trump should beware the 'clawback' Congress The national emergency will haunt Republicans come election season 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.