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!”