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Thu Jun 10, 2021, 02:58 PM

Skepticism Mounts Over IG's Report on Lafayette Park Attack on Protesters

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Chris Walker, Truthout
PUBLISHED
June 10, 2021

A report from the inspector general in the United States Interior Department is being met with wide skepticism after its findings claimed there was no connection between the violent removal of Black Lives Matter protesters in Lafayette Park outside of the White House and a photo op taken by former President Donald Trump shortly after at a nearby church last year.

The 41-page report by Inspector General Mark Lee Greenblatt, an appointee of Trump’s, stated that U.S. Park Police (USPP) did not force protesters to leave using violent methods on June 1, 2020, for the former president, but rather did so in order to install anti-scale fencing to deter property damage in the park.

“We found that the USPP had the authority and discretion to clear Lafayette Park and the surrounding areas on June 1,” the report said. “The evidence we obtained did not support a finding that the USPP cleared the park to allow the President to survey the damage and walk to St. John’s Church.”

The report did detail a number of problems with a number of agencies’ actions that day, including failure to alert protesters in the park that they were going to be forcefully removed from the vicinity if they didn’t leave themselves.

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Reply Skepticism Mounts Over IG's Report on Lafayette Park Attack on Protesters (Original post)
Judi Lynn Thursday OP
PSPS Thursday #1
Hugh_Lebowski Thursday #3
underpants Thursday #6
underpants Thursday #2
Hugh_Lebowski Thursday #4
LetMyPeopleVote Thursday #5

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 03:01 PM

1. I would hope so! Greenblatt is a trump toady/appointee. Why hasn't he been fired already?

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Response to PSPS (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 03:12 PM

3. That is pretty amazing he still has a job. Hopefully this will be his last project

before he's shown the door, which seems plainly deserved.

Although I would say there's SOME chance that Trump found out that the park was going to be cleared anyway, and decided to take advantage of the propaganda opportunity, to make it look like he's more powerful than the protesters.

He is moron in a lot of ways, but he's crafty about shit like this. He knew his base would love it, and it would get him on all the news channels. And if it was 'being done anyway', he could always use that as his excuse later.

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Response to Hugh_Lebowski (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 03:29 PM

6. I could see all that but I think "Bunker Boy" really got to him

Sure the base but I think that was the second to last dagger that killed his re-election campaign - actually catching COVID* was the final cut.

* read an article about the scramble for vaccines at the WH and Larry Kudlow - he said something about him being one of the few who didn’t catch it. I think that building was like a greenhouse for the virus.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 03:03 PM

2. Skepticism????

How about calling it a steaming load of bullshit.

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Response to underpants (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 03:13 PM

4. See my post #3 :) nt

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 03:28 PM

5. Trump appointee hammered by CNN's Jim Acosta for 'auditioning' for a job at Mar-a-Lago

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