Thousands march from Times Square to Union Square to protect Russia investigation

NEW YORK — A protest in New York City has drawn several hundred people calling for the protection of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential coordination between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign.

The protesters gathered in Times Square on Thursday night and chanted slogans including "Hands off Mueller" and "Nobody's above the law" before marching downtown. They held signs saying "Truth Must Triumph" and "Repeal, Replace Trump."

“We are currently dealing with what is probably an unconstitutional Department of Justice,” said protestor Peter Meyer. “Mr. Whitaker has never been confirmed by the senate  of the United States for any leadership position in Justice.”

Similar rallies were being held across the country. Organizers say the naming of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is a "deliberate attempt to obstruct the special counsel's investigation."

Trump asked for Jeff Sessions' resignation and then replaced him with Whitaker, his chief of staff. Whitaker has criticized Mueller's probe.

“There’s an investigation going on, an independent investigation and it needs to happen,” said protestor Esther Drill.  “We need assurances that’s it’s going to continue happen.”

Congressional Democrats have already called on Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing the investigation.