A large crowd of protesters gathered outside the White House on Wednesday to demand an independent investigation into President Trump’s ties to Russia.
The protest was organized to take place at noon Eastern, with participants demanding that a special prosecutor be put in charge of the ongoing Trump/Russia investigation. Protesters are assembling just one day after the controversial firing of FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing the agency’s probe into conversations the Trump campaign had with Russian intelligence officials during the 2016 campaign. Progressive groups like MoveOn.org sent out emails promoting the demonstration adjacent to the North Lawn of the White House.
Crowd starting to amass in front of the White House. pic.twitter.com/mueF0Np75p
— Jesse Berney (@jesseberney) May 10, 2017
— Sara Kenigsberg (@skenigsberg) May 10, 2017
The crowd was apparently so big that the chants of “No more lies!” were audible from the White House briefing room, where reporters were assembled to ask questions about the Comey firing. The Los Angeles Times’ Mike Memoli tweeted a photo of the crowd, reporting that the chanting was heard by all reporters present.
"No more lies!" — protest outside White House gates audible from press briefing room pic.twitter.com/AK7N2voWAO
— Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) May 10, 2017
— Zachary Francis (@zwstein) May 10, 2017
The protest wasn’t attended by just liberals — one particular sign caught the eye of Twitter user Cate Hall, who tweeted a sign held by a woman that read “I <3 Rule of Law – CONSERVATIVE AND NOT OK WITH THIS – Country Before Party.” Other protesters held Russian flags originally distributed at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that had Trump’s name on them.
Sign at protest in front of White House pic.twitter.com/ljMLlcZXQf
— Cate Hall (@catehall) May 10, 2017
Lots of Russian flags at this White House protest today pic.twitter.com/q1hUwOnbAS
— Perry Stein (@PerryStein) May 10, 2017
Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is currently serving as Acting Director of the FBI in Comey’s stead, and is scheduled to testify before a Senate committee on Thursday. Trump has not, as of this writing, announced any potential candidates to replace Comey. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) is actively opposing any effort to appoint a special prosecutor to oversee the Trump/Russia probe, arguing that it would complicate ongoing Congressional investigations.
Jamie Green is a contributor for the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.