'Protect Mueller' protest draws huge crowds in Center City

Andrew Kramer
November 08, 2018 - 10:31 pm
Center City Protest

Andrew Kramer | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) - Philadelphia's Thomas Paine Plaza was packed with hundreds of anti-Trump protesters Thursday night, who were concerned over the future of the Robert Mueller Russia investigation now that Jeff Sessions is no longer Attorney General.

"Having the president fire Jeff Sessions for the stated reason that he didn't recuse himself is unconscionable and unconstitutional," said demonstrator Sharonn Strauss.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had been overseeing the Russia probe, but that responsibility now goes to newly appointed acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who has criticized the investigation in the past.

"And what we came out here to say is that the Mueller investigation should continue and that (Trump) should not have put in somebody outside of Rosenstein," demonstrator Alicia Bullock told KYW Newsradio.

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She added that she was very pleased with the huge turnout of protesters who chanted and marched through the streets.

"People are not sitting down and taking our democracy lightly," said Bullock, "and I'm glad, and I think we accomplished the mission. Philly showed up and I'm proud of our city."

"Protect Mueller" protests took place all throughout the country Thursday evening. At least one more similar demonstration is expected to take place in Philadelphia this weekend.