Vermont protesters demand Mueller probe continue

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Protesters took to the streets in Burlington Thursday, demanding the Russia probe continue.

A day after the ouster of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, lawmakers are pushing to protect Robert Mueller's probe into Russian ties to the Trump campaign.

Sessions' forced resignation has sparked a flurry of protests around the country, including here in our own backyard.

"As soon as President Trump started attacking the special counsel investigation, a lot of us around the country sort of expected that given his autocratic leanings, he would probably trying to take a full frontal assault on the Mueller investigation," Jeanne Keller said.

Keller helped organize the Burlington demonstration, one of 900 across the country. Protesters are worried the forced resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions will lead to a roadblock in the Mueller investigation.

"Nobody is above the law," Keller said.

About 300 people marched through the streets of downtown Burlington to send a message. Police provided an escort and kept the protesters safe.

"I think it's important for the entire country to see the law of the land being upheld. I think what we've got is a fake president," said Michael Harding of Lincoln.

It ended at the Burlington City Hall with a rally that included a speech by former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin.

"If a president can eliminate every critic, every critic in the Justice Department, every critic everywhere, then we the people won't have the voice that the democracy legitimately gives to all of us," Kunin said.

Burlington was just one of 13 planned sites for protests around Vermont.