Thousands of people are out on the streets of New York protesting President Trump‘s sacking of attorney general Jeff Sessions.
6,000 people were estimated to be marching from Times Square to Union Square on Thursday evening demanding special counsel Robert Mueller be allowed to continue his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. General Election.
The worry is that firing Sessions could have serious implications for Mueller’s probe given that the new acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, until now Sessions’ chief of staff, has questioned the inquiry’s scope and could reduce its operating budget effectively shutting down the investigation.
People take part in a protest to protect the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, in New York City
President Donald Trump was accused of pushing America toward a constitutional crisis after his firing of the attorney general cast doubt over the future of an explosive probe into election collusion with Russian agents
Protesters have converged to call for the protection of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into potential coordination between Russia and President Donald Trump’s campaign
Six thousand demonstrators gathered Thursday in New York’s Times Square and chanted slogans including ‘Hands off Mueller’ and ‘Nobody’s above the law’ before marching downtown
Several hundred demonstrators gathered Thursday in New York’s Times Square and chanted slogans including ‘Hands off Mueller’ and ‘Nobody’s above the law’ before marching downtown.
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney makes a speech during the ‘No One is Above the Law’ protest in New York City
People march through Times Square during a protest the day after President Donald Trump forced the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions
Trump abruptly dismissed Sessions following the mid-term elections, putting the future of Special Councel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation in jeopardy
People protest against US President Donald J. Trump giving Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker oversight of the Special Counsel investigation into alleged Russian 2016 presidential election meddling, at Lafayette Park in Washington, DC
Upon the request of US President Donald J. Trump, Jeff Sessions handed in his resignation as US Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will no longer oversee the federal Russia investigation
A couple of signs held up by protesters wanting to make their point loud and proud
Scenes in New York were very similar to those in Washington D.C. – as seen here
Some signs were printed by MoveOn.org while others were far more makeshift and were clearly homemade
A woman holds up the US national flag while participating in a protest against President Donald J. Trump
A woman holds up a candle while participating in a protest against US President Donald J. Trump
Congressional Democrats, concerned about protecting Mueller, called on Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing the investigation in its final stages.
Whitaker had already spoken publicly before joining the Justice Department about ways an attorney general could theoretically stymie the entire process.
The demonstration was one of hundreds across the U.S. and overseas, quickly organized by the Move On advocacy group into a network called ‘Nobody Is Above the Law.’
A website set up by MoveOn.org Political Action says Trump ‘crossed a red line, violating the independence of the investigation’ Wednesday, when Sessions handed in his letter of resignation, reportedly at Trump’s urging.
People hold signs as they protest and march against the US president’s alleged interference in the Robert Mueller
Organizers say the naming of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is a ‘deliberate attempt to obstruct the special counsel’s investigation.’
The demonstrations follow President Donald Trump’s removal of Jeff Sessions as attorney general on Wednesday and his appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general
Trump also tasked Whitaker with overseeing the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, thus removing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein from the probe
The move places the investigation in jeopardy, as Whitaker has previously expressed deeply critical views of it and may seek to end it altogether
A network of activists called Nobody Is Above the Law set up a website where organizers around the country could list their demonstrations
The protests kicked off Thursday night as media outlets began recirculating a 2017 interview Whitaker gave on in which he argued that a U.S. president has the power to end any federal investigation without obstructing justice
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’
The ousting of Sessions will give the president authority to replace him with someone who could attempt to derail the investigation, which is also examining possible obstruction of justice by the president
The protests come a day after Trump effectively fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a move many see as clearing the way for Trump to go after Mueller
The group says Trump ‘just crossed a red line’ that violates the independence of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
More than 1,000 began that march from Times Square at 5pm holding signs reading ‘Nobody is above the law’ and chanting ‘Hands off Mueller!’
Within 90 minutes, the crowd had grown to more than 6,000 as the group marched towards Union Square.
Photos of events posted on Twitter showed hundreds of protesters gathered in various locations holding signs or even painting their hands reading ‘Protect Mueller’ and ‘Nobody is above the law’
Those gathered chanted slogans including ‘Hands off Mueller’ and ‘Nobody’s above the law’ before marching downtown. They held signs saying ‘Truth Must Triumph’ and ‘Repeal, Replace Trump’
The president’s decision to replace Sessions with an even more devoted loyalist, Matthew Whitaker, in an acting capacity has drawn outrage from critics, including senior Democrats, who won control of the House of Representatives in the midterms
With control of the lower house of Congress, the Democrats have the power to order their own investigation into Trump’s dealings with the Russians and other foreign governments
Protesters ended up shutting down traffic as they marched south down Broadway towards Union Square
Signs are seen at the ‘No One is Above the Law’ protest in New York City
The protests, organized by MoveOn.org, come just a day after Jeff Sessions was ousted as attorney general, with Matthew Whitaker, his chief of staff, taking his place in the interim
Even the open-top tourist buses appeared to be empty as protesters instead lined the streets
Some protesters didn’t hold back in making their feelings known about the current occupant of the White House
The anger felt by New Yorkers was clear to see judging from the look on these people’s faces in the Big Apple
People protest against US President Donald J. Trump giving Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker oversight of the Special Counsel investigation into alleged Russian 2016 presidential election meddling
A protest in New York City has drawn several hundred people calling for the protection of Mueller’s investigation into potential coordination between Russia and President Donald Trump’s campaign
You can always rely on New Yorkers to do something creative and zany -even when the subject is serious
Traffic through Midtown Manhattan came to a halt as the protesters marched for 30 blocks towards downtown
New Yorkers created colorful signs to signify their disapproval at the latest twist in developments