Protesters gather in reaction to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' resignation

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- Protesters gathered at the Capitol Thursday night in reaction to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' resignation.

The protest was called "Trump Is Not Above the Law Rapid Response Protest," and was organized by Indivisible Madison and the Women's March Wisconsin with NextGen Wisconsin.

The protesters said that they viewed President Trump's request for Attorney General Sessions' resignation as a way to interfere with the Mueller investigation.

Speakers included Rep. Mark Pocan and Rep. Chris Taylor, as well as speakers from the organizing groups among others.

For one protester, being present and participating in the event was her way of making her voice heard.

"I have grandchildren, I want a good world for them, and the only way I know to do that is to get involved and at least fight for what I believe in," said protester Ann Boland. "It may not work out, I may not get everything I want, but I'm going to fight for the things I think are important."

The event's high turn out was a reflection of Tuesday's election results, according to an event speaker.

"Folks are energized, folks want to be a part of their government, and want to make their voices heard, and I think in Wisconsin we're especially keen on that," said Analiese Eicher, Program Director at One Wisconsin Now. "I'm really excited about the attendance tonight and about the folks who are out here to say this is not okay."

The protest on the steps of the Capitol was part of a series of protests across the country in reaction to the resignation news.

"Public officials work for the people, and the people need to have a voice," said Amy Dean, Communications Director Women's March Wisconsin. "Their voice is voting but their voice is also public displays of disapproval, and that's why we form protests, so our elected officials can see and hear us."