WASHINGTON - A major protest is being held outside of the White House Thursday evening as organizers are demonstrating against President Donald Trump and voicing concerns about his possible interference on special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
The protest is billed as the “Nobody is Above the Law” march. It comes on the heels of Jeff Sessions’ resignation as attorney general at Trump's request and with Matthew Whitaker taking over as acting attorney general. It is expected that Whitaker will now oversee Mueller's investigation.
Protesters say before he joined the Justice Department, Whitaker was a conservative television pundit who had talked about ways an attorney general could slow down the Russia investigation by limiting its funding.
While the White House says the president is within his rights to have an attorney general of his choosing, a top Democrat tells FOX 5 that they will take action if Mueller is shut down.
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), the incoming chairman of the Government Affairs Committee, tells FOX 5 he is very concerned and if the Trump administration takes actions to suppress the Mueller investigation, the new Democratic majority in the House will take action as well.
"Such interference in trying to terminate or divert or obstruct those investigations is on its face obstruction of justice,” Connolly said. “I think it's happening right in front of us and the termination of Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a very ominous development.”
"The president has a continuum with the deputy attorney general and the chief of staff,” said White House counselor Kellyanne Conway. “So the Mueller investigation we hear or we think is winding down, but we have no way of knowing. This president and his team have been very compliant with the Mueller investigation.”
Reports say that Trump is looking at either former Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie or Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi as potential permanent replacements for attorney general.
Christie was at the White House on Thursday for a previously scheduled event.
Whitaker is due to participate in a swearing in of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia on Friday in Alexandria. Pundits say it is possible that Whitaker may get the job permanently. It is also reported that he is a favorite of Trump and is viewed as an early front runner for the job.