Toledo joins other cities in #ProtectMueller protests

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - From North Carolina to New York, Texas and Chicago, and even Toledo, people gathered to, as they put it, protect Robert Mueller and the Russia investigation.

"When something this egregious is going on in you country, it behooves us all to get out and let our voices be heard," Melissa Portala of Toledo said.

The nationwide protests stems from the firing of Jeff Sessions as attorney general.

In his place, for now, is Matthew Whitaker, a man who openly criticized the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Part of his job will be to oversee that process, that is, unless he excuses himself.

"We're calling on lawmakers to demand the Mr. Whitaker recuse himself and if Mr. Whitaker refused to do so that would be a blatant attempt to obstruct justice," Molly Reed, co-organizer of the Toledo rally said.

Meanwhile, President Trump has made it clear what he thinks of the investigation.

"I could fire everyone right now," he said. "But I don't want to stop it. Politically, it's a disgrace and it should never have been started because there was no crime."

Based on the crowds in several cities Thursday, many disagree.

"Nobody is above the law and Trump is not the law," Portala added.

They're concerned that one wrong move could end in disaster.

"If our country spirals into constitutional crisis, that will affect everyone. Everyone will be affected by that," Reed told 13abc.

Mr. Trump is still searching for a permanent replacement for Sessions.