Following the resignation of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions Wednesday, students and local community members marched on Franklin Street to protest the Trump administration’s interim replacement Matthew Whitaker.
“We’re protesting in favor of the Mueller investigation,” said Sina Shahnizadeh, a UNC student who organized the protest. “We’re against the actions that the Trump administration has taken – recusing Sessions back in March and replacing Rosenstein’s management position with Whitaker.”
The demonstrators want the Mueller Russia investigation left untouched, Shahnizadeh said. In light of acting Attorney General Whitaker’s public criticism of the Mueller probe, the demonstrators believe President Trump gave Rosenstein’s role to Whitaker in order to shut down the investigation.
“I think it’s Trump’s attempt to wrestle the presidency away from the people,” said demonstrator Marsha Roslanowick.
The protest commenced at 5 p.m. at the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau, where Shahnizadeh instructed the crowd to march up Franklin Street to the Chapel Hill Courthouse. People signed up for the event on Shahnizadeh’s MoveOn.org Civic Action website titled “Nobody Is Above the Law – Mueller Protection Rapid Response.” However, the procession also included demonstrators who joined late during the march.