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 TrumpHouse Republicans move to block Yemen war-powers votes for rest of Congress Trump says he's considering 10 to 12 contenders for chief of staff Michael Flynn asks judge to spare him from jail time 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 WhitakerFox's Kilmeade suggests David Bossie, Matthew Whitaker for chief of staff Comey’s confession: dossier not verified before, or after, FISA warrant Flake stands firm on sending a ‘message to the White House’ on Mueller 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 RosensteinMueller’s real challenge Graham vows to push Trump’s AG pick through Judiciary Committee House GOP set to grill Comey 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 SessionsPress: Mueller closes in on Trump Mueller's findings don't matter The Hill's Morning Report — Trump shakes up staff with eye on 2020, Mueller probe 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 PelosiPelosi, Dem rebels near deal on term limits for party leaders Pelosi divides Democrats with term-limit proposal Oval Office clash ups chances of 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.