Boyle County activists join nationwide protest

A group of about 60 local political activists joined a nationwide protest in support of protecting Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election Thursday night. It took the group about 12 hours to organize, get the word out and make signs in order to participate in the nationwide event, said Julie Pease, who was one of the participants.

The protests were in response to President Trump installing his longtime ally, Matthew Whitaker, as acting attorney general, taking over the oversight of the Robert Mueller investigation from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

The activists demanded that Whitaker recuse himself given his conflicts of interest and previous statements attacking the investigation.

The protests came two days after congressional Democrats won back control of the U.S. House on a promise to investigate the Trump administration and President Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The nationwide protest was organization by a coalition of hundreds of public interest organizations.

Text and photos by ROBIN HART