Protests were scheduled at 5 p.m.
Along with gatherings everywhere from Anchorage, Alaska, to New York City to Abington, Pa.
Several hundred demonstrators, some carrying signs of "Trump is not above the law" and "You can't fire the truth", gathered outside the White House and in Lafayette Park, just north of the White House, in Washington, Nov. 8, 2018.
The Chicago protest joined others in cities across the nation protesting Trump's action this week.
He called Trump's recent actions "a rerun of the 'Saturday Night Massacre, ' " a reference to the October 20, 1973 resignations of the attorney general and deputy attorney general after each refused an order by President Richard Nixon to fire Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox.
Protesters converged downtown Thursday evening chanting "not above the law" as their battle cry against President Donald Trump's appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting US attorney general. Whitaker will oversee the Mueller investigation.
Finally, he is good friends with Sam Clovis, a witness in the Mueller investigation due to his communication with George Papadopoulos (who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI).
He said that other former Trump associates Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen and Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg are all cooperating with the government, and that the "public needs to see the results" of the probe.
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New York City Rep. Jerrold Nadler - who is now the ranking Democratic member of the House Judiciary Committee and could be the next chairman of the committee with Democrats taking control of the U.S. House of Representatives - questioned the president's move on Twitter and said that "we will be holding people accountable".
Mr Trump lost trust in his top law enforcement officer after Mr Sessions announced that he would step aside from the Russian Federation investigation a year ago, and allow his deputy Rod Rosenstein to lead the politically-charged probe. A 2014 press release announcing Whitaker's hiring said the pair became "great friends" during Clovis' US Senate bid that preceded his run for state treasurer. He said it would spark a "constitutional crisis" if Trump forced out Sessions as a "prelude" to ending or limiting Mueller's investigation. But, in another interview that year, Whitaker also said he felt there was a red line for the probe.
Follayattar said the Portland protest exceeded her expectations.
"You would always take that meeting".
"The chances of Mueller being interfered with goes up dramatically" with Whitaker's appointment, he said.
While Whitaker is now Mueller's supervisor, it was not clear Thursday whether that meant Rosenstein would step aside.
More than a half-hour after the rally began, the group of about 2,000 protesters marched to Trump International Hotel and Tower. Protestors anxious Whitaker would use his new position to stifle the investigation before its conclusion.
The special counsel also wants Trump himself to answer questions on allegations that he may have criminally obstructed the probe, a request the White House has been fighting since early this year. Whitaker accompanied the tweet with his own comment to his followers: "Worth a Read". "We still have a say no matter what Donald Trump thinks", Viola said.
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