Rally Set To Demand Replacement Of Trump Ally Who’s Now In Charge Of Russia Investigation

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POLS UPDATE: So, this was quite a thing:

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A coalition of groups, organized under the name TrumpIsNotAboveTheLaw, will rally at 5 p.m. today on the west steps of the state Capitol to protest Trump’s decision to place an ally of the president in charge of the Justice Department’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Speakers will include U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), U.S. Rep.-elect Jason Crow (D-CO), State Rep. Joe Salazar (D-Thornton), and Colorado Attorney General-elect Phil Weiser, also a Democrat

After Tuesday’s election, Trump fired his attorney general Jeff Sessions, inserting Trump ally Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general and putting him in charge of the Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Russia investigation.

The message of the rally: a demand that Whitaker recuse himself in light of alleged conflicts of interest and previous statements attacking the investigation.

Similar rallies will take place across the country.

Other speakers include: Dr Reverend Timothy Tyler of Shorter Community AME Church, Nathan Woodliff-Stanley of ACLU Colorado, Nancy Leong of Lawyers for Good Government, and , and Caroline Fry of Common Cause.

4 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. mamajama55mamajama55 says:

    Hundreds of thousands of protesters in dozens of cities across the country mobilized to protect the Mueller investigation from Trump's (probably unconstitutional) appointment of his buddy to oversee quash it.

    Photos from Quartz:

    Gathered from Twitter, Washington, DC

    ,NYC:

    and many more. I didn’t go, but I’m sure I’ll get my chance to as this plays out.

  2. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    Lots of people turning out for the protest.

    Whitaker has to get Justice Department ethics officers' opinion on recusal. He doesn't necessarily need to follow it — but that internal professional judgment should provide a bit of a trip wire. [If he proceeds against the ethics opinion, some say he will open the possibility of being added on to any obstruction of justice information (in the report) or indictments (if Mueller or some other authority is allowed to go down that path).

    Whitaker will also likely need to avoid a court injunction limiting his actions while questions about his appointment get settled in a longer court process. It may be that opponents can't get an injunction because of a lack of standing or by drawing a judge who is unsympathetic to the prospects of a case challenging the appointment. 

  3. deathpigeon says:

    Man, if only liberals would protest as hard over police shootings, class divide, queer discrimination, imperialist wars, etc as they do over some racist asshole getting fired.

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