Chicago pro­test­ers seek to pro­tect Mueller probe af­ter Ses­sions dis­missed

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY NADER ISSA, DIG­I­TAL CON­TENT PRO­DUCER nissa@sun­times.com | @NaderDIssa

Thou­sands of de­mon­stra­tors hit down­town Chicago streets Thurs­day evening to protest any po­ten­tial at­tempt by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to block Spe­cial Coun­sel Robert Mueller’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­leged Rus­sian med­dling in the 2016 elec­tion.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin was among the half­dozen speak­ers at a 5 p.m. rally in Fed­eral Plaza who crit­i­cized the fir­ing of At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions on Wed­nes­day.

“If this pres­i­dent be­lieves he can stop the Mueller in­ves­ti­ga­tion and get by with it, then I be­lieve we have reached a point in our democ­racy which is very sad and very trou­bling,” Durbin said. “We need to hold this pres­i­dent ac­count­able, and we need to do ev­ery­thing in our power to stop any in­ter­fer­ence with this Mueller in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

State Sen. Daniel Biss joined in the cho­rus of anger, call­ing Ses­sions’ re­place­ment, act­ing At­tor­ney Gen­eral Matthew Whi­taker, un­fit to over­see the spe­cial coun­sel’s probe.

“They’re not fool­ing any­one,” Biss said. “No one is above the law. Not just the pres­i­dent, but es­pe­cially the pres­i­dent.”

Whi­taker, who served as Ses­sions’ chief of staff, has pre­vi­ously said the Mueller in­ves­ti­ga­tion over­stepped its bounds and that there was “no col­lu­sion” be­tween then-can­di­date Trump’s cam­paign and the Rus­sian govern­ment. It is not clear what led Whi­taker to those con­clu­sions.

More than a half-hour af­ter the rally be­gan, the group of about 2,000 pro­test­ers marched to Trump In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel and Tower.

Sev­eral down­town streets were shut down as the crowd chanted, “This is what democ­racy looks like,” and, “No Trump, no KKK, no racist USA,” while Chicago po­lice es­corted pro­test­ers through the Loop. The crowd started to dis­si­pate about 6:40 p.m., but a few dozen de­mon­stra­tors stayed for an­other half-hour.

NADER ISSA/SUN-TIMES

A crowd of de­mon­stra­tors protest Thurs­day night out­side Trump Tower.

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