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US demonstrators call to continue Russia probe

IANS  |  Washington 

Thousands of demonstrators across the US have called on to maintain the investigation into the alleged Russian 2016 meddling, led by

The dismissal of Jeff Sessions, and the provisional appointment of in his place, who is critical of Mueller and the investigation, raised fears that the will finally comply with Trump's desire to close it.

In Washington, hundreds of people protested, some holding candles, in Lafayette Park in front of the White House, shouting "nobody is above the law", reports news.

The protesters had such a powerful loudspeaker that these slogans were heard in the West Wing of the

One of the largest marches in the country was in New York, where hundreds of people gathered in

The national call of various platforms and organisations was also echoed in (California), (Massachusetts), (Illinois), (Virginia), Chattanooga (Tennessee), (Kentucky) and (Florida) among many other cities.

Trump fired Sessions on Wednesday after months of tension.

The never forgave him for recusing himself from the investigation of the alleged Russian meddling, due to his contacts with during the campaign.

Trump appointed Whitaker and granted him the authority to oversee Mueller's investigations, taking it from Deputy Rod Rosenstein, who had that responsibility for a year and a half.

Last year, Whitaker said on TV that Mueller was "dangerously close to crossing" a "red line", in reference to his inquiry, which he called "ridiculous", about Trump's possible financial ties with and said he was in favour of limiting it.

That has raised fears that, now he is at the forefront of Mueller's investigation, he may limit its scope or cut its budget.



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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 09:46 IST