BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermonters gathered in Burlington to call for the protection of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign.

Jeanne Keller helped lead a group Thursday night to push back on Trump's decision to force Jeff Sessions out and replace him with acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker. Protests in Burlington mirrored similar movements across the nation in cities like Philadelphia, Chicago and New York City.

Organizers fear Trump will undercut the Mueller investigation.

Sessions had recused himself from the Russia investigation. However, Whitaker has said Mueller's Russia investigation risks "going too far" and voiced support for limits on his powers. Whitaker plans to oversee the probe.

Keller says the president and others aren't "above the law."

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