SALT LAKE CITY — One day after President Donald Trump installed Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general, Salt Lake protesters rallied to express their frustration with the news.

It was one of hundreds of demonstrations that took place Thursday around the country calling for Whitaker to recuse himself from the investigation.

In the cold during rush hour, at least two hundred protesters showed up in front of the Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building, many holding signs and joining in on patriotic songs.

“I think it’s important that our justice system gets to run without interference from anybody. … And I feel like the only reason that they would try to corner Mueller into silence or have him removed is because there’s something to hide,” Rhonda Devereaux, who took time off from her farm work to attend the rally, told the Deseret News.

Ravell Call, Deseret News

Protesters rally in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, following the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. At front are Stephen Trimble and Nancy Olson.

Organizers of the protest say installing Whitaker, who will oversee special counsel Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation, is a conflict of interest as Whitaker has been an ally to the president. They fear Whitaker will hinder the investigation.

“This is someone who has said publicly how he would essentially kill the investigation, and in my mind that’s a serious threat to our entire system of government,” protester Marshall Lent said. He held a sign that read “Rule of law, justice for all” on one side, and “Whitaker must recuse” on the other.

For many on Thursday, it was their first time participating in a political rally.

“This was the first time that I’ve ever been to the point where I felt like I needed to come out and do something. That’s how scary …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Utah News

      

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