A report from the Department of the Interior’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) concluded that former President Trump had no connection to the clearing out of protestors from Lafayette Square in Washington D.C. last year. A group of people protesting the death of George Floyd were cleared out using chemical irritants prior to then-President Trump visiting the area for a photo op. Many speculated that Trump’s planned appearance was the key reason protestors were forced to vacate the area however Trump has always vehemently denied the claims.

The Hill reports:

The report ultimately determined that Trump’s plans to visit the park did not influence the officers’ decision to clear it. It was the first to come from several ongoing investigations surrounding the event,

The OIG found that while law enforcement learned on the day of the incident that Trump might visit, U.S. Park Police (USPP), the lead agency overseeing Lafayette Square, had already planned to clear the park in order to install additional fencing around the White House.

Per the report, the commander did not appear to previously know that Trump would enter the park and reportedly responded, “Are you freaking kidding me?” then hung his head and walked away.

The report did identify several issues with the incident, including a determination that protesters were not adequately warned and that a lack of communication to some law enforcement officials using chemical irritants that had not been authorized.

Trump praised the reports in a statement.

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

“As we have said all along, and it was backed up in today’s highly detailed and professionally written report, our fine Park Police made the decision to clear the park to allow a contractor to safely install antiscale fencing to protect from Antifa rioters, radical BLM protestors, and other violent demonstrators who are causing chaos and death to our cities. In this instance, they tried burning down the church the day before the clearing,” Trump continued. Fortunately, we were there to stop the fire from spreading beyond the basement—and it was our great honor and privilege to do so. Again, thank you to the Inspector General!”

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Gary Von Neida
4 days ago

Don’t expect to see this story in the nightly news.

Bill
Bill
4 days ago

Great! Democrats (esp. democrat leadership) and the lying fake news media will be lining up to apologize. Oh, that would require credibility, honor, and humility. Never happening.

rangerEDGE5
rangerEDGE5
4 days ago

It has always been a witch hunt from day 1. Anyone with a brain could see that.

John J
4 days ago

Mr. Trump is the greatest president America has ever had, he has faced more challenges than any other president and he is standing tall

Denarius
4 days ago

Donald Trump IS THE GREATEST PRESIDENT THE US HAS EVER HAD! This makes the dirty, corrupt politicians go insane! The only reason our country is in such turmoil right now is because of this exposure. He found out soon enough and let “we the people” know just how bad it is from top to bottom including many republicans. And he called it correctly, The China Virus, because it IS and the left played so dirty about it to the point that they would rather take down our country than concede to the will of the people. This corruption and oath has long been in the making starting with our dirty schools! The Teachers Union needs to be dismantled!

Susan
Susan
4 days ago

Yes President Trump was and still is the best
He loves America and thousands of people love him
God Bless him and his family is