Thousands demonstrate in Manhattan to protect Russia investigation

November 08, 2018 - 7:29 pm

NEW YORK (AP/1010 WINS) -- A protest in Manhattan has drawn several thousand people calling for the protection of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential coordination between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign, following the firing of attorney general Jeff Sessions.

The protesters gathered in Times Square late Thursday afternoon and chanted slogans including ``Hands off Mueller'' and ``Nobody's above the law'' before marching to Union Square. They held signs saying "Truth Must Triumph'' and "Repeal, Replace Trump.''

According to WNBC, the crowd numbered more than 1,000 when people started marching from Times Square at 5 p.m. and swelled to more than 6,000 as the march continued.

Similar rallies were being held across the country. Organizers say the naming of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is a ``deliberate attempt to obstruct the special counsel's investigation.''

Trump asked for Sessions' resignation and then replaced him with Whitaker, his chief of staff. Whitaker has criticized Mueller's probe.

Congressional Democrats have already called on Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing the investigation.