PALM BEACH GARDENS
Jupiter resident Colette Wilt spent her Tuesday morning along PGA Boulevard holding up a protest sign of President Donald Trump kissing Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Wilt was one of about 70 protesters from Palm Beach Indivisibles who gathered outside of Sen. Marco Rubio’s office in PGA Commons.
One side of Wilt’s signs contained the words “TRUMP’S BFF NOT USA’S” and Putin’s name surrounded by a red circle with an X through it. The other side of the sign had a picture of a crying Statue of Liberty with the words, “SHE IS WATCHING. SO ARE WE.”
Throughout the morning, the protesters privately met in small groups with Rubio’s regional director to discuss issues, with a special focus on urging Rubio to push for a special prosecutor to investigate the Trump administration’s alleged ties to Russia.
“I think something’s going to turn up eventually,” Wilt said. “I hope that they’re doing their due diligence and trying to get to the bottom of things.”
The Palm Beach Indivisibles group describes itself as the “radical center.” They reject ideology and are issue-oriented, Ronald Matzner said.
Laura Cain, an organizer with Palm Beach Indivisibles, said the group wants Rubio to push the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence investigation forward. Rubio sits on the committee conducting the investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election.
“It’s just going nowhere,” she said.
CNN reported Monday that the committee will hire two new staffers for the investigation after some of its members reportedly grumbled about its pace.
Sen. Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, told CNN, “I think things need to pick up,” after investigators received documents they requested and completed 27 interviews. One of the new staffers is a Democrat, and one is a Republican, CNN reported. They are versed in National Security Agency collection techniques, according to CNN.
Rubio this month told George Stephanopoulos on “ABC This Week” that he’s proud of the work the bipartisan committee is doing and confident its final report will lay out all the facts.
“I just ask everyone for a little bit of patience. It’s not going to be as fast as you want but it’s going to be done right. And I’m more confident today than I’ve ever been about that,” he told Stephanopoulos.
Cain said she’s skeptical the investigation will be impartial and fair. Both the House and Senate are controlled by Republicans.
“That’s the point of having an independent investigation with a special prosecutor. We don’t have faith in this investigation,” she said.
Warren Patton said he doesn’t think Congress should handle the investigation.
“We cannot trust the government to investigate itself. We just can’t,” he said.