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Bloomington Protesters Demand Protection For Russia Investigation

The protest is a reaction to Trump’s decision to name Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general after asking Sessions to resign. (Tyler Lake, WTIU/WFIU News)

A group of people in Bloomington is worried about the future of an investigation into potential ties between Russia and President Donald Trump’s campaign. 

They’re one of several groups across the country participating in “Nobody is Above the Law” protests. The movement is a reaction to Trump’s decision to name Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general after asking Jeff Sessions to resign.

Dallas Thompson, the event organizer, says he fears the decision could compromise the investigation.

“That’s why the investigation needs to be running its course," he says. "We need to find out from professionals who are unbiased, not from people who are put in place by Trump for the very reason to do away with an investigation."

Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton also spoke at the protest, reminding attendees the power of the government starts with the people it represents.

“We had a dramatic action taken by the President of the United States to threaten that accountability to the orderly process of law, and you know what we do when that happened? We show up,” Hamilton said. 

Thompson says that’s what people plan to keep doing, regardless of how Trump responds.

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