Local and national protesters demand to #ProtectMueller

APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) - Supervising the special counsel's Russia investigation is now in the hands of Republican Party loyalist Matthew Whitaker after US Attorney General Jeff Sessions handed in his resignation Wednesday at the request of President Trump.

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Whitaker has been an outspoken critic of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and being named acting attorney general has some people speculating he could end the investigation or funding for it.

So far the investigation has led to 32 criminal charges and guilty pleas from four former Trump aides and more charges against Russian nationals.

Thursday night, protests were coordinated across the country and here at home, including in Appleton, Green Bay and Madison, to show support for the Mueller investigation and call on Congress to protect the special counsel.

Many are asking for Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing the investigation.

"We are trying to make sure that democracy is fair and that nobody is above the law. Trump is not above the law. It doesn't matter if the person is the president or anything, they have to follow the laws. They can't just change it to fit what they want," said Sara MacDonald from Kaukauna, who protested with others in Houdini Plaza in Appleton.

Sources tell ABC News that Mueller and his team of prosecutors are in the process of writing their final report in the investigation, but it's unclear when it will be submitted.

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