Groups schedule rapid-response protests in Belfast, Rockland over Mueller investigation

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 10:45am

    Midcoast Maine Indivisible, a resistance group of citizens who use “the Indivisible Guide to resist the Trump agenda,” said Nov. 8 that it has scheduled a National Rapid Response rally to protect the Mueller investigation.

    In Belfast, activists are likewise scheduling a protest at 5 p.m. at the corner of High and Main streets in downtown Belfast.

    In Rockland, the rally, to be held at 5 p.m., this evening, Nov. 8, will take place at the Knox County Courthouse on Union Street in Rockland.

    The protests come in response to President Trump installing longtime ally Matthew Whitaker as Acting Attorney General, taking over oversight of the Mueller investigation from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The activists will demand that Whitaker recuse himself given his conflicts of interest and previous statements attacking the investigation.

    The protests come just one day after congressional Democrats won back control of the U.S. House on a promise to investigate the Trump administration and President Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

    “This is the big one we have been preparing for,” wrote Midcoast Maine Indivisible, in its press release.

    The rally is part of a network of like-minded spontaneous rallies occurring throughout the country. In Maine, rallies are also scheduled for Augusta, Bangor, Bar Harbor, Belfast, Brunswick, Eastport, Ellsworth, Farmington, Houlton, Kittery, Lewiston, Newcastle, Portland, Prospect Harbor, South Paris and Waterville.

    Spearheading the rallies is a loose group of citizens acting under “Nobody is Above the Law” partnership, whose supporting organizations, which range from Common Cause to Sierra Club to MoveOn.or, are listed on a website hosted by the activist nonprofit

    “Donald Trump has installed a crony to oversee the special counsel's Trump-Russia investigation, crossing a red line set to protect the investigation,” according to, at its website page dedicated to the rallies. “By replacing Rod Rosenstein with just-named Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker as special counsel Robert Mueller's boss on the investigation, Trump has undercut the independence of the investigation. Whitaker has publicly outlined strategies to stifle the investigation and cannot be allowed to remain in charge of it. The Nobody Is Above the Law network demands that Whitaker immediately commit not to assume supervision of the investigation. Our hundreds of response events are being launched to demonstrate the public demand for action to correct this injustice.”

    The organization notes on its website: “If you choose to attend an event, you agree to engage in nonviolent, peaceful action, to act lawfully, and to strive to de-escalate any potential confrontations with those who may disagree with our values.”