The day after former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned at the request of President Donald Trump, a group of Loudouners participated in nationwide demonstrations calling for protections for special counsel Robert Mueller outside of Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10)’s Sterling Office.
Sessions had recused himself from an investigation into Russian interference into the 2016 elections led by Mueller that has so far yielded at least 35 indictments, including Trump’s former campaign chair, his former national security advisor, 13 Russian nationals and 12 Russian intelligence officers, among others. All of the Americans indicted so far have been found guilty, pleaded guilty, or struck plea deals.
Trump has appointed Sessions’ former chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker acting Attorney General, passing over Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Whitaker, a conservative commentator and former Republican Senate candidate who has publicly criticized the investigation, reportedly has no intention of recusing himself from overseeing that investigation. Some critics have already said Whitaker’s appointment is unconstitutional, since he was not confirmed by the Senate.
As the protest was happening Thursday evening, Supervisor Suzanne M. Volpe (R-Algonkian) was in the county boardroom asking Loudoun Sheriff Michael Chapman if there’s anything law enforcement can do to keep them back from the road.
“It’s happening a lot like near Augusta Drive,” she said—near Comstock’s Sterling office. “Is there anything that could be done? I mean, I’m concerned that somebody could get hit, or somebody could get afraid and swerve into another lane, and you’ve caused a car accident.”
Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Major Mark Poland advised her the law says people only have to stay out of the road, and said he would look into the specific language of the law.