Pro­tect Mueller protest draws a large crowd in down­town Fort Worth

Star-Telegram - - News - BY KALEY JOHN­SON kjohn­son@star-tele­gram.com

About 200 peo­ple gath­ered at Bur­nett Park in down­town Fort Worth Thurs­day evening to protest the fir­ing of At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions and to de­mand the Mueller in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Trump cam­paign be pro­tected.

The protest, called the “No­body Above the Law Rally,“was held in nu­mer­ous ci­ties across the coun­try.

Protesters in Fort Worth said they were con­cerned about the fu­ture of Robert Mueller’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion into pos­si­ble Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in the 2016 elec­tion un­der act­ing At­tor­ney Gen­eral Matt Whi­taker.

Some said they were con­cerned the Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion would not con­tinue un­der the act­ing at­tor­ney gen­eral, who has openly ex­pressed skep­ti­cism of the probe in the past. He was ap­pointed by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Wed­nes­day.

Protesters chanted, “Whose above the law? No one’s above the law!” as cars passed by at 5 p.m. along Bur­nett Street. Some cars honked in sup­port.

“I don’t agree with any­thing Trump does but I es­pe­cially don’t agree with this,” Ta­nia Lopez, who was at the protest, said.

Phil Sawyer said he’s been con­cerned about Trump’s pol­i­tics for some time.

“I’m re­ally dis­turbed with im­mi­gra­tion. I work with im­mi­grants here to­day and I’m very con­cerned about them,” he said. “I’m sad­dened by the way peo­ple vote and where the coun­try has gone. It’s very dis­ap­point­ing in hu­man­ity.”

At 6 pm, a protesters still lined the streets. One per­son played a drum. Oth­ers held signs say­ing things such as, “Pro­tect Mueller,” “Trump is not above the law,” and “Whi­taker must re­cuse.”

“I used to live in New York and know lots about Trump. I don’t trust him or the peo­ple he cloaks him­self with,” pro­tes­tor Dawn Roads said. “I want that cur­tain ripped aside.”

Nathan Berry said she saw Trump’s fir­ing of Jeff Ses­sions as a clear un­der­min­ing of the Rus­sian probe.

“Trump has done a naked at­tempt to mess with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” she said. “Whi­taker has made com­ments that he’s crit­i­cal of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. That in­di­cates he is not go­ing to treat it fairly. It un­der­mines the rule of law. It sug­gests the pres­i­dent is above the law. This is a sig­nif­i­cant red line that’s been crossed.”

By 6:30 p.m., about 40 protesters re­mained, chant­ing, “You can’t fire the truth!”

Two Fort Worth po­lice cars were parked nearby, but there were no con­fronta­tions ei­ther among the protesters or with po­lice.

CANDI BOLDEN cbolden@star-tele­gram.com

Protesters packed Bur­nett Park to de­mand that the Mueller in­ves­ti­ga­tion into pos­si­ble fed­eral vi­o­la­tions by the Trump cam­paign be pro­tected.

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