OGDEN — About 40 sign-carrying people protested Thursday against President Donald Trump’s ouster of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the threat they said it poses to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
They said the acting attorney general Trump appointed, Matthew Whitaker, a former U.S. attorney from Iowa, should recuse himself because he is on record saying Mueller’s investigation of Trump’s 2016 campaign should be constrained.
Amy Wicks, a former Ogden City Council member who helped organize the protest, said Sessions being pushed out “was clearly intended to undermine” the special counsel’s investigation.
“This is against the sense of the American public, the rule of law and everything that is good,” Wicks told fellow protesters, who lined the sidewalk in front of the James V. Hansen Federal Building at the corner of Historic 25th Street and Grant Avenue.
The protest was part of a national mobilization of synchronized events at 5 p.m. Mountain Time by MoveOn, a progressive organization. A similar protest occurred in Salt Lake City.
Ogden protester Tim VandenBerg said he wanted it known that not just progressives and Democrats are frightened by the attorney general’s ouster.
“I worry people will see this as a partisan event,” said VandenBerg, who said he had been a congressional staffer for former Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio. “It’s about the rule of law. No one is above the law.”
Wicks said the rallies are “a strong signal to Trump that we will not stand for this abuse of power.”
Protesters’ signs featured slogans including “Hands off Mueller,” “If you are not outraged you are not listening,” and “Our AG can’t be a lap dog.”
Before the rally, Wicks said in answer to a question that the event was “about Trump, and Trump trying to assume more power than he should have.”
Protesters included members of Indivisible Ogden, a group formed in 2016 to resist the Trump agenda.