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Politics Thousands of people rally in support of Mueller in nationwide demonstrations — here's how it played out

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Jeff Sessions' resignation as attorney general could spell trouble for special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

Protesters gather in front of the White House in Washington, November 8, 2018, as part of a nationwide "Protect Mueller" campaign. play

Protesters gather in front of the White House in Washington, November 8, 2018, as part of a nationwide "Protect Mueller" campaign.

(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Thousands of people protested across the US on Thursday to demand the protection of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the possible collusion between President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russia.

Jeff Sessions' resignation as attorney general on Wednesday sparked worries for the future of Mueller's probe. Sessions vexed Trump by recusing himself from Mueller's investigation in 2017, an act that Trump has berated him for throughout his presidency.

Trump's decision to name Matthew Whitaker as Sessions' acting replacement fueled more concerns. Whitaker is considered by some to be a Trump loyalist who publicly spoke out against the Russia investigation.

Whitaker also stated he would not recuse himself from the Mueller probe as attorney general, or approve any subpoena request from Mueller.

Here's how the protests unfolded across the country:

Demonstrators march through Times Square in support of special counsel Robert Mueller.

Demonstrators march through Times Square in support of special counsel Robert Mueller. play

Demonstrators march through Times Square in support of special counsel Robert Mueller.

(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)


Demonstrators in New York City stayed up late into the night.

Demonstrators in New York City stayed up late into the night. play

Demonstrators in New York City stayed up late into the night.

(REUTERS/Jeenah Moon)


Mueller is believed have begun writing a final report on Russia's interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

Mueller is believed have begun writing a final report on Russia's interference in the 2016 US presidential election. play

Mueller is believed have begun writing a final report on Russia's interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

(REUTERS/Jeenah Moon)

Source: CNN



Demonstrators also gathered in front of the White House in Washington D.C.

Demonstrators also gathered in front of the White House in Washington D.C. play

Demonstrators also gathered in front of the White House in Washington D.C.

(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)


Some of the demonstration's organizers said that acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's appointment was a "deliberate attempt to obstruct the special counsel's investigation."

Some of the demonstration's organizers said that acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's appointment was a "deliberate attempt to obstruct the special counsel's investigation." play

Some of the demonstration's organizers said that acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's appointment was a "deliberate attempt to obstruct the special counsel's investigation."

(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Source: AP



Some of the slogans they chanted included "Hands off Mueller" and "Nobody’s above the law."

Some of the slogans they chanted included "Hands off Mueller" and "Nobody’s above the law." play

Some of the slogans they chanted included "Hands off Mueller" and "Nobody’s above the law."

(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Source: AP



Similar rallies were being held across the country.

Similar rallies were being held across the country. play

Similar rallies were being held across the country.

(AP Photo/John Locher)


Protestors cheer during a demonstration in support of Mueller in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Protestors cheer during a demonstration in support of Mueller in Las Vegas, Nevada. play

Protestors cheer during a demonstration in support of Mueller in Las Vegas, Nevada.

(AP Photo/John Locher)


People gathered in front of City Hall to take part in the protest in Los Angeles, California.

People gathered in front of City Hall to take part in the protest in Los Angeles, California. play

People gathered in front of City Hall to take part in the protest in Los Angeles, California.

(REUTERS/Kyle Grillot)


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