Demonstrators take to US streets to demand Russia probe be protected

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She was among more than 100 people who held signs as part of a "Nobody is Above the Law" protest outside Toomey's Allentown-area office.

With the midterms over, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is believed to be preparing fresh indictments against Trump campaign figures, possibly including his son Donald Trump Jr. and a former campaign consultant Roger Stone, and could press for the president himself to answer questions.

Several thousand demonstrators gathered Thursday in New York's Times Square and chanted slogans including "Hands off Mueller" and "Nobody's above the law" before marching downtown.

Crowds also turned out in Chicago; Greensboro, North Carolina; Chattanooga, Tennessee, and many other places.

As for the reports on Trump, if Whitaker suppresses them, the House Judiciary Committee could subpoena them and make them public. Trump then appointed an acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, who was Sessions' chief of staff.

CNN's K-File also found comments by Whitaker from 2017 calling Mueller's appointment "ridiculous" and "a little fishy".

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer immediately called on Whitaker to recuse himself from the probe as his predecessor had, "given his previous comments advocating defunding and imposing limitations" on it. The groups were prepared to quickly organize a rally in the event that Mueller's investigation seemed at risk.

Mueller's probe looks to establish whether Trump or his campaign actively colluded with them to steal the White House.

The ongoing investigation has produced guilty pleas from four former Trump aides.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Executive Director Anthony Romero said in a statement on Wednesday that the US Senate must ensure that whomever Trump nominates to replace Sessions will not interfere in Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

"People want to see the rule of law preserved and they [local protestors] want to emphasize that nobody is above that, not the president, not anybody", Forsythe said.

On Thursday, Toomey said he knew Sessions to be "a very good man", but that the attorney general has to have the full confidence of the president.

That candidate, unlike Whitaker, would have to be confirmed by the Senate. "If you thought the big worry about Whitaker was how he would handle special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, that might be just the beginning".

"You would always take that meeting".

Speaking to reporters Friday, Trump said: "I don't know Matt Whitaker". But U.S. District Judge James Bredar moved ahead despite their opposition. Campaign efforts include ending the Iraq war and combatting gun violence by ending politicians' affiliation with the NRA, but since 2016 the organization says it has been "a pillar of the Resistance to Trump".

The new position handed him oversight of Mueller's investigation into possible ties between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

Critics of the Mueller probe, including Whitaker, argue it has gone too far.

As the top official at the Justice Department, Whitaker is now in charge of the Mueller probe because he outranks Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who took charge due to Sessions' recusal.

At one point in the interview, a radio host asked Whitaker if Mueller is "in search of a crime or is he trying to prove a crime?"

For almost 18 months, Rosenstein has overseen the special counsel's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election because Sessions had stepped aside from all matters related to the presidential campaign.

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