#ComeyGate White House Protest Kicks Off Nationwide Push for Independent Investigation at Senate Offices

Donald Trump's abrupt firing of FBI director James Comey Tuesday has spurred heated controversy from both sides of the aisle. Following Preet Bharara and Sally Yates, Comey was the third official to be dismissed while investigating the president and his associates. And Democrats' disapproval of Comey for souring the electorate on Hillary Clinton was suddenly overshadowed by Trump's tyrannically Nixonian action. 


By early Wednesday, groups like MoveOn.org and Indivisible were already preparing to "Sound the Alarm" at Senate offices at 5pm EST nationwide.

"Our ask: Congress must establish an independent commission to investigate Trump. (One that he can’t fire!) This isn’t business as usual, and we’ll make ourselves heard," the MoveOn.org site read

Attendees were advised to bring pots and pans and convey their outrage via cacerolazo, a popular Latin American protest method in which people call attention to an issue by making noise. 

"We cannot trust the Trump administration to investigate itself. The American people deserve the full story behind Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election," added Indivisible's Recess Toolkit. "But the public cannot trust that Republican MoCs (Members of Congress) with close ties to Trump and his campaign will investigate the facts thoroughly and impartially."

As of Wednesday morning, nearly two dozen protests were scheduled. 

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card

Close

Thanks for your support!

Did you enjoy AlterNet this year? Join us! We're offering AlterNet ad-free for 15% off - just $2 per week. From now until March 15th.