Protesters nationwide seek to protect Russia investigation

Protesters nationwide seek to protect Russia investigation
Protesters gather in front of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, as part of a nationwide "Protect Mueller" campaign demanding that Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker recuse himself from overseeing the ongoing special counsel investigation. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) (Andrew Harnik)

NEW YORK (AP) — Protesters nationwide have called for the protection of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential coordination between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign.

Several hundred demonstrators gathered Thursday in New York's Times Square and chanted slogans including "Hands off Mueller" and "Nobody's above the law" before marching downtown.

In Chicago, Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin joined several hundred protesters at Federal Plaza.

Crowds also turned out at the White House and in Greensboro, North Carolina; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Las Vegas and many other places.

Organizers say the naming of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is a "deliberate attempt to obstruct the special counsel's investigation."

Protesters march through Times Square during a demonstration in support of special counsel Robert Mueller, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York. A protest in New York City has drawn several hundred people calling for the protection of Mueller's investigation into potential coordination between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Protesters march through Times Square during a demonstration in support of special counsel Robert Mueller, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York. A protest in New York City has drawn several hundred people calling for the protection of Mueller's investigation into potential coordination between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (AP)
Protesters march through Times Square during a demonstration in support of special counsel Robert Mueller, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York. A protest in New York City has drawn several hundred people calling for the protection of Mueller's investigation into potential coordination between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Protesters march through Times Square during a demonstration in support of special counsel Robert Mueller, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York. A protest in New York City has drawn several hundred people calling for the protection of Mueller's investigation into potential coordination between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (AP)
Protesters march through Times Square during a demonstration in support of special counsel Robert Mueller, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York. A protest in New York City has drawn several hundred people calling for the protection of Mueller's investigation into potential coordination between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Protesters march through Times Square during a demonstration in support of special counsel Robert Mueller, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York. A protest in New York City has drawn several hundred people calling for the protection of Mueller's investigation into potential coordination between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (AP)
Seven-year-old Audrey Lucas, left, holds a sign showing the branches of the government as she looks at the phone her 9-year-old sister Addie is holding during a MoveOn "Nobody is Above the Law" protest at Miller Park on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 in Chattanooga, Tenn. The protestors gathered to voice objections to President Trump's appointment of Matt Whitaker as acting attorney general. (C.B. Schmelter/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP)
Seven-year-old Audrey Lucas, left, holds a sign showing the branches of the government as she looks at the phone her 9-year-old sister Addie is holding during a MoveOn "Nobody is Above the Law" protest at Miller Park on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 in Chattanooga, Tenn. The protestors gathered to voice objections to President Trump's appointment of Matt Whitaker as acting attorney general. (C.B. Schmelter/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP) (AP)
Cary Garrett, left, blows up a small "Baby Trump Balloon" as Leslie Thomasson adjusts her balloon during a MoveOn "No One is Above the Law" protest at Miller Park on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 in Chattanooga, Tenn. The protestors gathered to voice objections to President Trump's appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general. (C.B. Schmelter/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP)
Cary Garrett, left, blows up a small "Baby Trump Balloon" as Leslie Thomasson adjusts her balloon during a MoveOn "No One is Above the Law" protest at Miller Park on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 in Chattanooga, Tenn. The protestors gathered to voice objections to President Trump's appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general. (C.B. Schmelter/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP) (AP)
A protester holds a sign during a rally outside the Guilford County Courthouse against President Trump's Attorney General move that could jeopardize the special counsel's work in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
A protester holds a sign during a rally outside the Guilford County Courthouse against President Trump's Attorney General move that could jeopardize the special counsel's work in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) (AP)
Protesters listen to a speaker during a rally outside the Guilford County Courthouse against President Trump's Attorney General move that could jeopardize the Special counsel's work in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Protesters listen to a speaker during a rally outside the Guilford County Courthouse against President Trump's Attorney General move that could jeopardize the Special counsel's work in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) (AP)
People listen as Melody Shekari speaks during a MoveOn "No One is Above the Law" protest at Miller Park on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 in Chattanooga, Tenn. The protestors gathered to voice objections to President Trump's appointment of Matt Whitaker as acting attorney general. (C.B. Schmelter/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP)
People listen as Melody Shekari speaks during a MoveOn "No One is Above the Law" protest at Miller Park on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 in Chattanooga, Tenn. The protestors gathered to voice objections to President Trump's appointment of Matt Whitaker as acting attorney general. (C.B. Schmelter/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP) (AP)
Protestors listen to a speaker during a rally outside the Guilford County Courthouse against President Trump's Attorney General move that could jeopardize the Special counsel's work in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Protestors listen to a speaker during a rally outside the Guilford County Courthouse against President Trump's Attorney General move that could jeopardize the Special counsel's work in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) (AP)
Protesters shout during a rally outside the Guilford County Courthouse against President Trump's Attorney General choice that could jeopardize the special counsel's work in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Protesters shout during a rally outside the Guilford County Courthouse against President Trump's Attorney General choice that could jeopardize the special counsel's work in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) (AP)
Protestors cheer during a demonstration in support of special counsel Robert Mueller, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Las Vegas. Protesters have converged in cities nationwide to call for the protection of Mueller's investigation into potential coordination between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Protestors cheer during a demonstration in support of special counsel Robert Mueller, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Las Vegas. Protesters have converged in cities nationwide to call for the protection of Mueller's investigation into potential coordination between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign. (AP Photo/John Locher) (AP)
Alisa McAffee holds up a sign during a demonstration in support of special counsel Robert Mueller, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Alisa McAffee holds up a sign during a demonstration in support of special counsel Robert Mueller, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) (AP)
Protesters gather in front of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, as part of a nationwide "Protect Mueller" campaign demanding that Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker recuse himself from overseeing the ongoing special counsel investigation. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Protesters gather in front of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, as part of a nationwide "Protect Mueller" campaign demanding that Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker recuse himself from overseeing the ongoing special counsel investigation. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) (AP)

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