Trump’s name has been cleared yet again in an Inspector General report stating that the former president did not use tear gas to clear Lafayette Square of “peaceful protestors” before he walked to visit St. John’s Episcopal Church last June.
Despite false claims that Trump harmed protestors simply so he could walk to the church (which had been burned by BLM protesters the night before) and hold up a Bible for a “photo op,” the report released by the U.S Department of the Interior said U.S. Park and Police, in conjunction with Secret Service, decided it necessary to clear the area to protect the former president and allow a security fence to be installed.
“The USPP planned to implement the operation as soon as the fencing materials and sufficient law enforcement officers arrived at the park. Six other law enforcement agencies assisted the USPP and the Secret Service in the operation to clear and secure areas near the park,” the IG report said.
“The operation began at 6:23 p.m. and was completed by 6:50 p.m. Shortly thereafter, at 7:01 p.m., President Trump walked from the White House through Lafayette Park to St. John’s Church. At 7:30 p.m., the contractor began assembling and installing the antiscale fence and completed the work by approximately 12:30 a.m. on June 2,” stated the inspector general.
Celebrating the report exonerating his name, Trump thanked the Department of the Interior Inspector General for the “highly detailed and professionally written report.”
Read the former president’s full statement below:
Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America
“Thank you to the Department of the Interior Inspector General for Completely and Totally exonerating me in the clearing of Lafayette Park!
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. 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!”