IG Report Exonerates Trump

Lawrence Kim
June 10, 2021

According to the report, Park Police did not learn of Trump's interest in surveying the damaged building until hours after the agency had already made plans to clear the area to put up new fencing.

In fact, as then-Attorney General William Barr explained to CBS News' 60 Minutes past year, the rioters had injured dozens of officers in the two days leading up to the operation, and the U.S. Park Police had independently made a decision to expand fences establishing a White House perimeter by one city block, using pepper balls to clear those who resisted.

The officers, a mix of Secret Service, U.S. Park Police officers, National Guardsmen and other federal law enforcement officers, deployed pepper spray and smoke and flash grenades to clear the protesters out of the park. The new fencing had arrived that same morning, it said.

"Thank you to the Department of the Interior Inspector General for Completely and Totally exonerating me in the clearing of Lafayette Park!".

"We determined that the evidence did not support a finding that the USPP cleared the park on June 1, 2020, so that then President Trump could enter the park", the report reads.

The report from Inspector General Mark Lee Greenblatt, however, said that the area was cleared to allow contractors to install special anti-scale fencing to further secure the perimeter around the park.

It also found that three warnings had been issued to those at the park but acknowledged that some people may not have heard the warning and that the warning did not tell people how to exit the area. "Furthermore, we found that the USPP does not have a detailed dispersal warning policy applicable to operations like the one that occurred on June 1 and that this may have led to the ineffective warnings issued to the crowd that day", the report states.

Former President Trump claimed exoneration after a watchdog report on Wednesday determined that his plans to walk through Lafayette Square did not influence officers' decisions to clear protesters out of the park previous year.

"These weaknesses in communication and coordination may have contributed to confusion during the operation and the use of tactics that appeared inconsistent with the incident commander's operational plan".

"Specifically, the Treasury Annex building was vandalized; officers were assaulted with projectiles, such as bottles and bricks; and a brick struck a USPP officer in the head, resulting in the officer's hospitalization".

Officers used chemical irritant and rubber bullets to disperse the protesters in Lafayette Park on 1 June. "Similar to May 29, however, acts of violence increased in the late afternoon and evenings", stated the report. Trump said in response to the IG report.

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