(Photo by Michael Weber) A group of protesters are gathered at HSU's quad on Nov. 8. The protest is against newly appointed attorney general Matt Whittaker.

Protesters demand Whitaker’s recusal

Common cause protestors demand acting attorney general Matt Whittaker's recusal from Robert Mueller's investigation
(Photo by Michael Weber) Brennan Duck and Kyla Hock brought an American flag and a poster to the Common Cause protest on Nov. 8 at Humboldt State University’s quad.

Brennen Duck took an oath to defend this country from all enemies foreign and domestic.

“And right now our president is acting as a domestic enemy,” Duck said.

Duck, an Arcata community member, joined more than 20 people at Humboldt State University’s quad on Nov. 8 to protest against Donald Trump’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general.

(Photo by Michael Weber) Alex Fallman (left) is addressing the protester crowd at Humboldt State University’s quad on Nov. 8. Fallman relayed a speech by local congressman Jared Huffman.

This protest was part of a nationwide protest organized by Common Cause, a watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. They are concerned that Whitaker will interfere with special counsel Robert Mueller’s more than one-year-long investigation on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Former Attorney General Jeffrey Sessions, who Trump had fired hours after the 2018 mid-term elections, recused himself from Muller’s investigation. That means that Sessions was unable to make any executive decisions on the investigation. Now that Sessions is gone, Whitaker has the power to end the investigation.

Protesters are especially worried Whitaker will interrupt the investigation because he had previously written an op-ed condemning it. The protesters with Common Cause demanded that Whitaker also recuse himself from the investigation so that Mueller can continue his investigation without any interference.

“It’s really hard to imagine that they’re getting away with being corrupt when [Whitaker] made statements opposing the investigation,” protester Joan Dixon said. “It’s quite devious.”

Political science junior Alex Fallman took the helm of the protest and relayed a speech to the group of protesters given to him by Humboldt Congressman Jared Huffman.

Fallman read Huffman’s letter on his support for the protesters and made a call to action demanding that Whitaker recuse himself from the investigation.

After being at the quad for 15 minutes the group of protesters then traveled to Arcata Plaza. Fallman said there were speakers in Eureka and Arcata Plaza at the same time.

“I’m a little disappointed in turnout,” protester Kyla Hock said. “It’s ok though, it’s a good movement to support.”

(Photo by Michael Weber) A group of protesters are gathered at HSU’s quad on Nov. 8. The protest is against newly appointed attorney general Matt Whitaker.


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