Brendan Keany

Hundreds Gather in Buffalo for "Not Above the Law" Protest

Demonstrators marched around Elmwood Ave and convened at Bidwell Pkwy

November 08, 2018 - 7:51 pm

BUFFALO (WBEN) - A couple hundred people marched up and down Elmwood Ave. on Thursday evening to call awareness to what they believe are unconstitutional tactics by the Trump administration to end Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. More than 400,000 people were signed up to perform similar protests, all at 5 p.m., across the country.

Ronnie Mahler was one of the protestors, and she explained why she decided to be a part of the demonstration.

"I'm outraged with [Trump's> abuse of power," she said. "He doesn't want this investigation to continue, this must be something that he's hiding."

Many of the protestors were angry that Trump replaced former Attorney General Jeff Sessions with Matthew Whitaker, who has complained about the special counsel investigation.

Donna Berry also made her way to the Corner of Elmwood Ave and Bidwell Pkwy. She is more than fed up with the President's recent actions, and she wants to see the investigation push forward.

"I just think this is the last straw," said Berry. "For him to fire Sessions and to appoint of cohort, somebody that really suggested that perhaps we could defund the Mueller investigation, it's just wrong."

One demonstrator, who simply wanted to be known as Jane, said it's imperative for citizens to react and organize when they see something in government they deem to be wrong.

"I thought it was important to have a good public response, not so much that Sessions was fired, but that there's a clear attempt by the Trump administration to undermine an investigation, and I think it's important to see what the end of that investigation is," said Jane.

She then explained why demonstrations are important to a democratic nation.

"I think any number of things are important in a democracy," she said. "I think it's important to vote, I think it's important to organize people, and I think it's important to show some public dissatisfaction. I think people do that at all ends of the spectrum, and that if it's peaceful, it's a good thing to do."

The main message from the protest, one that lasted over an hour, is that nobody, including President Trump, is above the law.

Below are more pictures from Thursday night's protest:

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