At of the time of this writing, one of the top trending topics on Twitter is #ProtectMueller.
On Thursday evening, quickly organized demonstrations were held in Washington, D.C., New York, Boston, and other cities, with more planned for Friday, around the nation.
The purpose of the demonstrations is to demand Donald Trump’s new acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, recuse himself, and that steps be taken to protect special counsel Robert Mueller and the Russia probe.
A list of events hosted by the activist group Public Citizen listed dozens of events in smaller cities in nearly every state Thursday night as demonstrators protested what many thought to be an effort by the president to begin shutting down the Russia investigation.
Protests Thursday came hours after Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake (R), himself a frequent critic of the president, vowed to force a vote in the Senate on bill that would codify Justice Department regulations stating that only a senior DOJ official can fire the special counsel.
Whitaker, who previously served as former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ chief of staff, mapped out a step-by-step plan for choking the Russia probe into oblivion, while appearing on CNN in 2017.
Many find the president’s quick move to replace Sessions with a loyalist such as Whitaker to be troublesome.
And probably not Constitutional.
As of Thursday, along with the demonstrations, 18 state attorney generals have signed a statement, also asking that Whitaker recuse himself from overseeing the Russia probe.
There are several going on near my area on Friday, so stand by. I’m probably going to drop in and talk to a few of those in attendance for myself.