PLATTSBURGH — Protests at 5 p.m. today in Plattsburgh, Saranac Lake and Glens Falls are set to be held simultaneously with other protests nationwide against President Donald Trump's handling of the Special Counsel probe into Russian misconduct. 

The protests are part of a nationwide "rapid response" being organized by non-profit civic action group MoveOn in response to the appointment of Acting-Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to oversee the probe being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

The Plattsburgh event is set to be held at Trinity Park with the Saranac Lake event set for Riverside Park and the Glens Falls protests scheduled to take place at Glens Falls City Park.

On its website, MoveOn describes the removal of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein from his oversight position as "crossing a red line set to protect the investigation." 

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions submitted a letter of resignation to President Trump Wednesday morning.

Sessions had previously recused himself from involvement with managing the Special Counsel probe, thereby leaving the task to Rosenstein.  

With Whitaker's appointment as attorney general, he gained authority to oversee the investigation. 

According to the Associated Press, Whitaker has previously questioned the Special Counsel's scope "and spoke publicly before joining the Justice Department about ways an attorney general could theoretically stymie the investigation."

Organizers have urged participants to collectively demand elected officials enact emergency legislation to protect Mueller's ongoing investigation. 

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