BURLINGTON, Vt. – A second round of ‘Nobody is Above the Law’ protests were held nationwide Thursday in an effort to put pressure on Attorney General William Barr to make Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election public.
Six Democratic committee chairs sent a letter to Barr requesting he submit the full report by April 2, and when the deadline passed, rapid-response protests were scheduled nationwide. Dozens of organizations including Indivisible, MoveOn and Women’s March coordinated the protests.
In Burlington, protest organizer Jeanne Keller said Barr should release the report because it’s in the best interest of the public.
“We have a huge concern about the Attorney General deciding he’s going to make his own decision about what’s worthwhile for the American people to see,” Keller said. “It’s not up to a single person. He works for us, he’s the attorney for the people and we demand to see the entire report unredacted.”
Turnout at Thursday’s protest was far less than the previous ‘Nobody is the Law’ protest held in November when Matthew Whitaker replaced Jeff Sessions as Attorney General.
Jessica Early, a staffer from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ office, delivered a statement from Sanders in which he said it was ‘simply outrageous’ that Barr alone gets to spin the report.
“The American people must be absolutely confident that the President and his administration are acting in the best interests of our country,” Early said on behalf of Sanders. “It is disgraceful that this is not currently the case. No one, including the President, should be above the law.”
A New York Times report on Wednesday that said some of Mueller’s investigators have told associates that Barr didn’t accurately portray the findings of the investigation in his four-page letter released on March 24 raised more concern for protesters, including Keller.
“That makes this march even more important,” Keller said. “That makes a national uprising even more important because it looks like there’s the possibility of a cover up and this is not something we can stand for.”
On Thursday, Justice Department Spokeswoman Kerri Kupec released a statement defending Barr’s handling of the report.
“Given the extraordinary public interest in the matter, the Attorney General decided to release the report’s bottom-line findings and his conclusions immediately, without attempting to summarize the report.”
Following Barr’s failure to submit the report, the House Judiciary Committee approved a subpoena Wednesday to get the full report from Mueller.