MoveOn Protest of Sessions’ Firing Set for Thursday in West Hollywood

MoveOn, a progressive group known for its online organizing of protests and demonstrations, is staging one in cities across the country on Thursday to protest Donald Trump’s decision to remove Jeff Sessions as attorney general.

The West Hollywood demonstration will take place at 5 p.m. at West Hollywood Park across from the Pacific Design Center on San Vicente Boulevard. An announcement of the event on Facebook notes that Sessions’ interim replacement, Matthew Whitaker, has echoed Trump in criticizing as illegitimate the investigation by Robert Mueller of possible interference by Russia in the 2016 presidential election. Mueller is the head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Special Counsel investigation of the alleged interference.

Sessions outraged Trump by recusing himself from the investigation of the Russia investigation after he was criticized for failing to disclose in a Congressional hearing a meeting he had had during Trump’s presidential election campaign with a member of the Russian government. That task was handed to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller to conduct the investigation into “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump, and any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.”

On Wednesday, after Tuesday’s mid-term election, Trump asked for Sessions’ resignation. Whitaker’s criticism of the Mueller investigation has prompted fears that he might fire Mueller.

Roy Rogers Oldenkamp, organizer of the West Hollywood MoveOn demonstration, posted an announcement of it on Facebook. “We’ll gather peacefully,” he said. “Then let’s celebrate the House and 100 new women in Congress!”

  1. Frankly amazed by some of the comments here.

    1) Yes, no one is going to shed a tear over Jeff Sessions. His actions as Attorney General have been repulsive on many counts. He is, in point of fact, a scoundrel. But he stood his ground to ensure that Mueller’s probe continued so that there is some accountability within our government to a president who is known to play loose with the law. Sometimes, even evil people do good deeds.

    2) There are lots of things within the purview of a president. He could decide to bomb Toronto. Should he? That’s what we’re fighting for here. That a president be held accountable to the people to do what is right, not just what is in his best interest to do.

    3) I agree, the timing of this is unfortunate. There are many evils in this world. We must fight each one in the way most meaningful to each of us. And there is no time limit. Vigils of any kind can be held at any time and are often very effective in sending a message for their cause. Politics tends to be an emotional subject for many people, especially days after a contentious election. A calmer electorate is a prize worth working toward, but sometimes you must fight for what you believe in.

  2. But MoveOn told me a year and half ago that Jeff Sessions was the most dangerous, racist person to ever be nominated to be Attorney General? I was told that he must be stopped? Now am I supposed to be upset that he has been fired? I am beyond confused…

  3. Move On….please move on and find something intelligent and constructive to DO.

    Just and ethical behavior begins in our homes and our own communities. Unaddressed, we witness characters like DJT and the myriad suspected white collar criminals that have grown exponentially to seemingly unstoppable proportions since 9/11 because the focus of most agencies was directed to combatting terrorism. We as complacent individuals have fostered domestic corporate crime that targets consumers and fosters equally blind followers. We have folks in our own city mirroring some of the worst attributes of DJT and we just rollover and elect them.

    While not a fan of DJT it was within his purview to remove his attorney general.

  4. West Hollywood, do you want to make a positive statement? How about an evening candlelight vigil in the park where we can gather to pay tribute to the poor people killed last night having a good time and the police officer in Thousand Oaks????

    OMG….move on needs to move on. WTFCares about this????? Tie up traffic for this? Is there a way to ban these BS protests during rush hour? For F’s sake, we just want to get home from work. But then 4 people will show up as no one cares.

    1. Hey Mellie, why don’t you organize that vigil if it’s so concerning to you. That would be a great gesture.

  5. How many sheriff’s deputies will be needed to oversee this demonstration? A waste of resources. Grow up Weho.

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