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'No one is above the law' protest outside of Wadena County Courthouse remains peaceful

"No one is above the law" protesters lined up in front of the Wadena County Courthouse Thursday evening. Protesters included Diane Leaders (left) Pam Hoy, Mike Hoy, Joe Majors and Denise Ferguson. Michael Johnson/Pioneer Journal1 / 2
"No one is above the law" protesters lined up in front of the Wadena County Courthouse Thursday evening. Protesters included Diane Leaders (left) Pam Hoy, Mike Hoy, Joe Majors and Denise Ferguson. Conditions were cold, and the gathering remained peaceful. Michael Johnson/Pioneer Journal2 / 2

A group of five concerned citizens were part of a planned peaceful protest in front of the Wadena County Courthouse Thursday night.

The group had a bit of a shiver in their step as they held signs along Jefferson Street in the 14 degree weather. Some of the signs read "Protect the Investigation Now," and "No One is Above the Law."

The group was one of about 22 planned in the state of Minnesota. Hundreds of demonstrations were planned to be held across the U.S. and in Canada on Thursday over fears President Donald Trump will interfere with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. This follows the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions Wednesday, Nov. 7.

The protests have been organized by activist group MoveOn under the banner of "Nobody Is Above the Law." They shared this message on their website, "This is a peaceful protest if Trump announces his intention to fire Robert Mueller. Bring signs, candles (if you desire), and a good attitude! Let's show Donald Trump that nobody is above the law. Join a rapid response rally if special counsel Mueller is fired!"

Local organizer Denise Ferguson of Eagle Bend, formerly of Wadena, said there were about 35 people signed up for the protest. The cold weather could have played a part in keeping some from joining in.

Ferguson said across the country, close to 400,000 people were expected to protest. Planning for the protest started about a year ago, Ferguson said, shortly after President Trump announced a deadline for the 2016 election investigation. Ferguson said Trump does not get to decide who investigates and he can't be allowed to obstruct the investigation.

"I think we need to let people know that Trump is not above the law," Ferguson said. "If he's violated the law, then he should be impeached."

Ferguson said the investigation was not a Democrat witch hunt as Mueller is a Republican.

"This is vitally important," Ferguson said.

Pam Hoy said she came out because they hired someone that has not been vetted, Matthew Whitaker, to replace Jeff Sessions.

"We can't let behavior like this become normalized, we can't be that way," Mike Hoy said. "We can't allow this sort of lawlessness."

"Democracy in this country does not exist anymore," said Joe Majors. "The only way we're going to get it back is stuff like this (protests). This is supposed to be a government of the people ... the fact of the matter is we don't have democracy anymore."

Diane Leaders offered a quote from Amy Klobuchar, saying that "we need to bring back democracy and civility."

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