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Hundreds gather in Collier County to protest the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Posted at 10:38 PM, Nov 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-09 07:02:36-05

Nearly 200 people gathered at the corner of Airport-Pulling Road and Tamiami Trail to protest President Trump's firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Critics say the dismissal of Sessions is step by the president to supress the investigation into alleged Russian hacking of the 2016 election.

"We feel its very important not to appoint any cronies to oversee the Mueller investigation, because we want truth and justice," said protester Stephanie Ballo.

Ballo and others fear that Session's replacement, Matt Whitaker is more likely to shut down the investigation than Sessions was.  Sessions recused himself from the investigation, a move that angered President Trump.

Cindy Nayer of Collier Freedom hastily put the rally together after learning Whitaker would replace Sessions Wednesday night.

"For him to have been public about his bias into the mueller investigation, that's what tripped the wire," Nayer said of Whitaker.

The protest was part of rallies held nationwide Thursday, put together in part by left leaning groups such as

Nayer says another protest will be held should Trump fire Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the Russia investigation.