Rallies in response to Attorney General Sessions’ forced resignation

CLEVELAND - Demonstrators held rallies across the country, including in Northeast Ohio, Thursday night in the wake of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' forced resignation.

Organizers said protesters at the "Nobody Is Above the Law" rallies were going to voice concern over the independence of the Special Counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 elections.

Rallies took place at 5 p.m. in downtown Cleveland, Akron and Canton.

Progressive group MoveOn organized the rallies and has been preparing for them for months, but quickly mobilized after Sessions's resignation Wednesday, organizers said.  Sessions recused himself from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, leaving oversight to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

With Sessions's departure, oversight of the investigation transfers to Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who was appointed by President Donald Trump and has been critical of the investigation.

Rally organizers said the appointment crosses a red line and undercuts the independence of the investigation.

"We're hoping to tell the President and his party that we will not sit down while the president attempts to obstruct an investigation into his own campaign and political handlings," said Cleveland rally organizer Sean Yeats, who is a member of Indivisible CLE.

"We think that it's very important for our politics and our country and our democracy to find out what happened and allow an investigation to go on unimpeded."

Organizers said they are seeking for Whitaker to recuse himself from supervision the investigation.