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Downtown protest

Protesters gather Thursday evening in City Park in Glens Falls to protest President Donald Trump's firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday. From left are Susan Johnson and Dennis Maher, both of Lake Luzerne and South Glens Falls resident Rita Jarvis.

GLENS FALLS — About 50 people gathered in City Park on Thursday evening to protest President Donald Trump's firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The protesters urged that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian collusion in the 2016 election continue without interference from the White House. 

Sessions recused himself from the investigation while his replacement Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will oversee the Mueller investigation.

On Thursday, state Attorney General Barbara Underwood, with 17 other state attorney generals, penned a letter calling for for Whitaker to recuse himself from the investigation referencing his comments criticizing the Russian interference investigation in the 2016 presidential election.

“It’s vital that the special counsel’s investigation move forward free from any appearance of interference or bias. As such, Acting Attorney General Whitaker has a clear responsibility to recuse himself from any role in the investigation – in order to ensure that the public can trust the integrity of the investigation and to protect DOJ’s fundamental independence,” Attorney General Underwood said.

The letter was signed by the attorneys general of Massachusetts, New York, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia.

The protesters also marched to the downtown Glens Falls of U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro.

Other protests were held across the country including Saratoga Springs.

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