PDX protesters tell Trump: 'No one is above the law'
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- More than 1,000 demonstrators gathered along the waterfront in downtown Portland as part of a nationwide rally called #NoOneIsAboveTheLaw.
The nationwide rally comes one day after President Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions and appointed Sessions' chief of staff as the acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker. Many people see this as an attempt to undercut the ongoing investigation by Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Many held signs calling for Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing the investigation, which he has been critical of.
"It's the only way we are going to find out the truth," demonstrator Anne Kenlon said. "Clearly, there is a lot of corruption in this administration. Clearly there is a lot of self-interest being enacted for the law and that just can't happen."
In Portland as in other cities nationwide, the protesters are voicing their displeasure over the firing of Sessions and want Congress to protect the Mueller investigation.
"The GOP in particular took an oath to protect the constitution and they are not so this is the alternative," said protester Kathleen McAuliffe.
Sen. Ron Wyden stopped by the demonstration to cheer on the crowd and remind them of this:
"No one is allowed to trample on the constitution," Wyden said. "Donald Trump is worried that Bob Mueller is writing an objective report about the abuses of his administration."
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