Hundreds rally downtown against Trump's choice for acting attorney general

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With bullhorn in hand and nearly 500 people marching side by side, members of Nobody Is Above The Law rallied against President Donald Trump's choice to replace fired US Attorney Jeff Sessions.

The group, which says it is bi-partisan, says Matt Whitaker, the President's choice to be US Attorney-elect, must recuse himself because he has openly said he wants the Robert Mueller investigation into Russia meddling in the 2016 presidential election to stop.

"I am committed to leading a fair Department with the highest ethical standards, that upholds the rule of law, and seeks justice for all Americans,' Whitaker told USA Today.

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As the group marched from Bicentennial Park down Front Street to Ohio Senator Rob Portman's Office. The group yelled for Portman "Do his Job" and intervene regarding the President's decision.

Among those who marched Wini Worth.

"I'm concerned about democracy as Mueller investigates whether the Russian influenced the election whether Trump is complicit," she said.

"We've been sitting on this for a year year and a half as far as preparing for a protest for something like this to happen and now it's time, said Todd Hills.

Whitaker wrote a column for CNN in August 2017, that said Trump was right to question Mueller looking at the finances of the Trump Organization or the president's family.

"The President is absolutely correct,' Whitaker wrote. "Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russia 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing.'

Whitaker also wrote a column for USA TODAY on July 5, 2016, that said he would have indicted Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president that year, for handling classified documents as secretary of State on a private email server.

"I believe myself to have been a reasonable prosecutor, and when the facts and evidence show a criminal violation has been committed, the individuals involved should not dictate whether the case is prosecuted," Whitaker wrote.

Whitaker ran as a Republican for U.S. Senate in Iowa in 2014, in a race ultimately won by Sen. Joni Ernst. He earlier campaigned unsuccessfully for state treasurer in 2002.

Between 2014 and 2017, Whitaker was executive director of a conservative watchdog group, the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, based in Washington, D.C. He was also a legal commentator on CNN for four months in 2017 before joining the Justice Department.

From 2004 to 2009, Whitaker served as President George W. Bush's U.S. attorney for the southern district of Iowa. In that post, he served on the attorney general's advisory subcommittees on controlled substances and asset forfeiture and was a member of the white-collar crime and violent and organized crime. He also worked in private practice in Iowa and Minnesota.

Sen. Rob Portman issued the following statement:

“Rob has said consistently that he supports the Mueller investigation, he believes that the special counsel should follow the facts wherever they lead, and he hopes that we will see the results of this investigation soon.”