Protesters march to support Russia investigation after dismissal of A.G. Jeff Sessions
SEATTLE - Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Seattle following the dismissal of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The protesters are demanding the Trump administration allow Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller to do his job without interference from the White House.
KOMO News cameras followed the marchers from Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill to the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building on 2nd Avenue.
A coalition of groups, organized by MOVEON.org joined the march.
“I'm so tired of the obstruction and I'm so tired of the lies,” said Marjory Noble, one of the people attending the protest. “I'm tired of the misinformation and I want truth to come out. If Trump is not guilty, if these people are not guilty, then let it continue and let them prove it."
Gov. Jay Inslee was among the first to address the crowd as the rally got underway, and had dire warnings.
“Right now the rule of law is threatened. It is threatened by a president who is afraid of being held accountable,” Inslee said.
The protesters in Seattle said if President Trump really didn't help the Russians, he should let Mueller complete his probe which has already netted nearly three dozen criminal complaints and four convictions.
“I just believe that by uncovering the truth about what happened in the 2016 election, we will be a freer and more safe country," said Noah Eden with the Truman National Security Project.
Seattle city officials originally estimated about 5,000 people would take part. So far, no arrests or reports of any problems other than the traffic jams caused by closed streets. However, many drivers didn't seem to mind.
The march began at the height of rush hour and prior to the Sounders MLS Cup Playoff game at CenturyLink Field. The game kicked off at 7:30 p.m. Estimated attendance is 40,000.
Protesters march nationwide
Protesters nationwide have called for the protection of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential coordination between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign.
Several hundred 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.
In Chicago, Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin joined several hundred protesters at Federal Plaza.
Crowds also turned out at the White House and in Greensboro, North Carolina; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Las Vegas and many other places.
Organizers say the naming of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is a "deliberate attempt to obstruct the special counsel's investigation."
Trump asked for Jeff Sessions' resignation and then replaced him with Whitaker, his chief of staff. Whitaker has criticized Mueller's probe.