Inspector General releases report on Trump-Lafayette Square incident

The report says the former president’s infamous walk from the White House to the St. John’s Church, where he held up a bible for photos, had nothing to do with police officers’ clash with protesters.
2:25 | 06/10/21

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Transcript for Inspector General releases report on Trump-Lafayette Square incident
New report on the clearing of Lafayette park during the height of the George Floyd protests. The investigation found that the action by the United States park police was not taken so that president trump could stage a photo-op and Jonathan Karl has the details. Good morning, Jon. Reporter: Good morning. Donald Trump began his walk over to this church last June just 21 minutes after the park police and other law enforcement forcefully and violently cleared this area of protesters. But this new report says that that action was taken so that a fence could be built and that there is no evidence that the police acted to make room for the president's photo-op. It's perhaps the most infamous photo-op of his presidency, Donald Trump holding up a bible in front of St. John's church last summer. Just 21 minutes before he began his walk to the church, protesters were forcefully removed from the surrounding area by park police and other law enforcement. It appeared to clear the way for the president. But now an internal investigation says there is no evidence the operation had anything to do with trump's walk from the white house to the church. We did not find evidence that a potential presidential visit to the park or St. John's church influenced the park police decision-making or deployment. Reporter: Demonstrators were pushed out to allow contractors to build a fence, a response to damage done during the two previous nights of rioting and it says the park police didn't even know about the president's intentions until they had made their own plans. The operation turned violent and injured many including this Australian news crew. Whoa. Reporter: As they tried to evacuate. Something not addressed by the report. The report did find tear gas and other chemical irritants were used and most people cannot hear the audio warning issued before the police moved in. At the time, Donald Trump praised the action of law enforcement for what they did to clear the area around this church in Lafayette park, but after this report came out yesterday, there was a statement from Donald Trump thanking the inspector general and saying that his findings totally exonerated him from the decision to clear the protesters from this area. George. The I.G. Said that made him uncomfortable. Thanks very much.

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