Activists in Long Beach are joining a nationwide protest in support of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election with a rally at Harvey Milk Plaza at 5 p.m. Thursday.
The protest, called the Nobody is Above the Law Rally, is expected to draw over 600 people, according to the organization’s website.
In the wake of Wednesday’s forced resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the installment of his chief of staff Matthew Whitaker—who many view as an ally of President Donald Trump and an outspoken critic of the investigation—protesters are concerned the investigation will lose its teeth.
“The activists will demand that Whitaker recuse himself given his conflicts of interest and previous statements attacking the investigation,” said a news release from Citizens Protesting Trump’s Actions.
While special counsel Robert Mueller is still leading the investigation, Whitaker will be overseeing the investigation instead of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Sessions had previously recused himself from the investigation, a move that angered Trump and prompted him to start talking about replacing the attorney general.
The Harvey Milk Promenade Park is located at 185 E. Third St, Long Beach.