BAR HARBOR – Dozens of people from MDI protested against the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, on a quiet night at the Bar Harbor Town Pier.
The quote “emergency protest” was one of about 900 nationwide. Protesters are concerned the new AG appointment will interfere with the ongoing Russia investigation.
“We’re here to say that no one is above the law,” said Jill Weber, a member of the Indivisible MDI group that put on Thursday night’s event. “It’s heartening to be with people who are interested in being good citizens.”
Matthew Whitaker has taken Sessions’s place. This after Sessions resigned on Wednesday. According to his resignation letter, the president had asked him to step down as Attorney General of the United States.
Jeff Sessions had recused himself from the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. And now, the protesters are concerned Whitaker overseeing the Robert Mueller probe will undermine it.
“It’s my generation’s future and Trump is making a lot of decisions right now in his administration,” said Mount Desert resident Mackenzie Miller, 18. “So if he did anything wrong, or if he colluded with Russia, then there should be a fair investigation and Mueller should be protected.”
The protest was put on by Indivisible MDI, and also featured speakers.
Those passing by, who did not want to speak on camera, told our news crew they didn’t think a protest would actually change anything.
For those taking part Thursday night, the protesters said they saw it as a way to stand together.
“We can show up and express how we feel so the people that represent us can actually represent what we feel,” said Mount Desert resident Tracy Miller. “And it’s the only power we have in this.”
Both Maine Senators, Republican Susan Collins and Independent Angus King have said Special Counsel Mueller should be able to continue without interference.