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Protesters hold #ProtectMueller rally at Austin City Hall

A protest was held outside Austin City Hall during rush hour on Thursday calling for the new acting U.S. Attorney General to recuse himself from the Russia investigation and allow Special Counsel Robert Mueller to complete his probe. (CBS Austin)

A protest was held outside Austin City Hall during rush hour on Thursday calling for the new acting U.S. Attorney General to recuse himself from the Russia investigation and allow Special Counsel Robert Mueller to complete his probe.

Karan Shirk said the rally that attracted a dense crowd outside City Hall was organized just 24 hours in advance.

The protest was in reaction to President Donald Trump’s appointment of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker. The day after Tuesday’s contentious midterm election, Jeff Sessions resigned at the president’s request.

Protesters in Austin, and hundreds more around the country, called on Whitaker to recuse himself from the Russia investigation as Sessions did early in Trump’s administration.

“We think it’s counterproductive and won’t get us to where we need, we just need truth,” said Shirk.

Austin City Council Member Jimmy Flannigan and newly re-elected House Representative Lloyd Doggett were two elected officials that spoke at the rally.

Rep. Doggett said to the crowd he had talked with certain members of Congress on Thursday and a portion of them will demand preservation of the special counsel’s records. Doggett also called for immediate hearings on Session’s departure, and he wants to ensure the special counsel won’t be removed for any “unjust case,” saying he’d introduce a transparency act to hold the Trump administration accountable.

“We haven’t had any oversight for two years, we’ve only had overlook,” said Doggett. “If there is anything the president is willing to join with us on like rebuilding our infrastructure or controlling soaring prescription drug prices we’ll try and work with him, but he’s not above the law even though he continually acts like it.”

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