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Protesters across US seek to protect Russia investigation

Dozens demonstrated at the White House.

Protesters across the US have called for the protection of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into potential coordination between Russia and President Donald Trump’s campaign.

Several hundred demonstrators gathered Thursday in New York’s Times Square and chanted slogans including “Hands off Mueller” and “Nobody’s above the law” before marching downtown.

In Chicago, Democratic Senator Dick Durbin joined several hundred protesters at Federal Plaza.

Crowds also turned out at the White House and in Greensboro, North Carolina; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Las Vegas and many other places.

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Protesters cheer during a demonstration in support of special counsel Robert Mueller in Las Vegas (John Locher/AP)

Organisers say the naming of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is a “deliberate attempt to obstruct the special counsel’s investigation”.

Mr Trump asked for Jeff Sessions’s resignation and then replaced him with Mr Whitaker, his chief of staff.

Mr Whitaker has criticised Mr Mueller’s probe.

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