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Locals join national protest to declare ‘no one is above the law’

Hannah Swayze, Johnson City Press • Nov 9, 2018 at 9:51 AM

Barely 24 hours after Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ resignation and President Donald Trump’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker, Sessions’ former chief of staff, as his acting replacement, Democrats in Washington County and elsewhere took to the streets.

Concerned about what the appointment means for special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia meddling in the 2016 presidential election, a little more than 70 people gathered in Founders Park Thursday night to voice their concerns, demand Whitaker recuse himself from the investigation due to previous comments in opposition of the investigation and declare that “no one is above the law.”

The group gathered at 5 p.m. in conjunction with other protests in cities nationwide, carrying signs that read, among other things, “Trump is not above the law,” and “Mueller must be protected.”

“The goal tonight was to not only talk about what happened but the importance of why it matters what happens in terms of Jeff Sessions being fired,” said Kate Craig, chair of the Washington County Democrats. “And now we’ve got a new attorney general who does not seem to believe in the checks and balances that are the bedrock of our nation,” said Craig, referring to Whitaker

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