Chattanooga protesters join nationwide movement; call for U.S. AG Whitaker to recuse
Protesters gathered nationwide a day after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned from his post. Demonstrators say they have concerns about Sessions' replacement.
On Wednesday, President Trump asked Sessions to step down. Matthew Whitaker stepped in as acting Attorney General, a move that is sparking controversy. Whitaker would now oversee the investigation into the Russian probe, something Sessions recused himself from.
People in Chattanooga put their voices in the nationwide conversation, asking Whitaker to recuse himself from the investigation.
"Democracy is under attack what do we do? We fight back!" screamed protesters at Miller Park.
The chants say it all.
"It's a protest at heart, we're all advocating for something specific," said Derek Giamundo. He helped organize the demonstration at Miller Park.
"This is what democracy looks like," chanted protesters.
They all huddled under the rain Thursday evening.
"These protests are nationwide from an organization called MoveOn.org," Giaumundo said. "Kind of a grass roots activist organization."
MoveOn helps organize local protests and people can sign up for alerts when there is one in their town. The website facilitated protests all over the nation like in D.C and in New York.
Kate Sheets Hodge showed up to Thursday's protest in Chattanooga through the website.
"The main point of today's protest is that Whitaker needs to recuse himself from the Russian investigation," she said. "He's shown time and time again that he's not a neutral party. He is a partisan in it and the justice system shouldn't be partisan. No one is above the law."
Whitaker published an Op-Ed on CNN criticizing the Mueller investigation. Protesters say that article says it all.
"This triggered the protest," said Giamundo. "Because of Whitaker's past conflict of interest with the probe indicating that he would severely limit its scope and potentially end it."
According to MoveOn's website, there was a protest in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and even a handful abroad.
According to ABC News, 18 state Attorney Generals called on Whitaker to recuse himself from Mueller's investigation. A letter states Whittaker's recusal is "necessary to maintain public trust in the integrity of the investigation."
Of the 18 states only one, North Carolina, is in our viewing area.