Demonstrators around the country rally to protect Mueller investigation

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in cities and towns across the country Thursday evening to show support for special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

On Wednesday, a group of activist organizations under the banner “Nobody Is Above the Law” called for protests at 5 p.m. Thursday over fears that President Donald Trump’s acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, will derail Mueller’s probe into Russian election interference and possible collusion by the Trump campaign.

Whitaker has publicly voiced his doubts about the Mueller probe, and said in a 2017 interview that there was “no collusion.”

Vocal but peaceful crowds — numbering in the thousands in some cities to just a handful in smaller towns — called for Mueller’s investigation to be protected, chanting “Trump is not above the law!”

“This may be the first step in President Trump’s attempt to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller,” Noah Bookbinder, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said in a statement Wednesday. “Special Counsel Mueller must be allowed to continue the investigation without interference from Acting Attorney General Whitaker. Whitaker must assure the continued protection of the investigation immediately.”

Here are scenes from some of the demonstrations:

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