Protests against the firing of AG Jeff Sessions to take place in 38 cities in Florida today

Robert Mueller, via Wikipedia
Robert Mueller, via Wikipedia

Activists who are concerned that President Donald Trump will try to shut down the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller are calling for protests around the country today – including one at 5 pm today at Florida’s Capitol.

An umbrella group called Nobody Is Above the Law quickly organize the rallies following the news on Wednesday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had resigned and been replaced by Matthew Whitaker, who now takes charge of the probe into Russian election interference and potential collusion by the Trump administration.

Sessions had recused himself from overseeing the Mueller probe, putting Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in charge. Now Whitaker will replace Rosenstein.

“By replacing Rod Rosenstein with just-named Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker as special counsel Robert Mueller’s boss on the investigation, Trump has undercut the independence of the investigation,” reads the website of Nobody Is Above the Law.

“Whitaker has publicly outlined strategies to stifle the investigation and cannot be allowed to remain in charge of it. The Nobody Is Above the Law network demands that Whitaker immediately commit not to assume supervision of the investigation. Our hundreds of response events are being launched to demonstrate the public demand for action to correct this injustice.”

Rallies are scheduled in 38 cities in Florida. To find one in your city go here.

Mitch Perry
Mitch Perry has spent the past 18 years covering news and politics in the Sunshine State, most recently with FloridaPolitics.com. He worked for five years as the political editor of Creative Loafing in Tampa, and before that he was the assistant news director at WMNF radio, where he served as creator/anchor/producer of the hour-long WMNF Evening News. A San Francisco native, Mitch began his career at KPFA Radio in Berkeley in the 1990's.

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