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Home Department Inspector General Releases Report on Trump's June 1, 2020 Coup Attempt

 Home Department Inspector General Releases Report on Trump's June 1, 2020 Coup Attempt

On Tuesday, US Department of the Interior Inspector General Mark Lee Greenblatt released a report that whitewashed the violent and unconstitutional actions of the United States Parks Police (USPP), which cleared Lafayette Park of protesters opposed police violence on June 1, 2020. The police-military assault came a week after the murder of George Floyd by police, which sparked nationwide and global multiracial and multi-ethnic protests against the murders committed by the police.

Home Department Inspector General Releases Report on Trump's June 1, 2020 Coup Attempt
President Donald Trump flanked by riot police in Lafayette Park after he was emptied with tear gas for the President's press event Monday in front of St John's Church opposite the White House , Monday June 1, 2020 (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky)

The report was released less than two weeks after the Biden administration's Justice Department argued in federal court to support the Trump administration's decision to use local and federal police and paramilitary forces to disperse peaceful protesters. The move came in conjunction with a speech by Trump in the White House rose garden, in which the then president denounced the nationwide mass protests, threatened to invoke the law on the insurrection of 1807 and deploying troops to crush them, and declared himself "your president of law and order."

Even as police and federal forces continued to beat and gas protesters, Trump, accompanied by then Attorney General William Barr, and General Mark Milley, who remains chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff , went to nearby St. John's Church for a photoshoot where he is standing and holding up a bible.

Trump's intention to carry out an immediate coup was blocked due to opposition from the military command, which considered such action ill-prepared and excessively risky, in the context of massive protests in cities and even in rural areas of virtually every part of the United States.

The Home Department's Inspector General's report claims, unbelievably, that the parks police, together with the US Secret Service, decided to evacuate the park of around 1,000 protesters without knowing that Trump was there. would give a speech. This grotesque claim is made despite the fact that the park police and the secret service were the two agencies directing the operation. In addition, the request for secure closure had been formulated the day before by the secret services.

“The evidence established that USPP officials made these decisions and began implementing the operational plan several hours before they became aware of a potential president's visit to the park, which later took place in the day, ”writes Greenblatt.

In response to the report's release, aspiring dictator Trump issued a statement thanking the Inspector General for "completely and totally exonerating me in cleaning up Lafayette Park!"

The report claims that the USPP operations commander learned at the earliest that Trump was planning to make an appearance in the park between 3 and 5 p.m., but that the decision to clear the park was made earlier today.

According to the report, the USPP, along with the deputy head of the secret service, decided earlier today to clear the park once the security fence to be placed around the White House arrived. This decision followed several days of protest in the park and in front of the White House.

Since no radio logs from the USPP leadership were recorded that day, it is impossible to verify the accuracy of the report or of the statements made by the 20 members of the Police and National Park Service who reported. were interviewed as part of the investigation.

Testifying to the ongoing cover-up and the intentionally limited scope of the investigation, the Inspector General failed to address the illegal and unconstitutional use of force by the police, which included firing cayenne pepper bullets, given batons and used CS gas against non-violent protesters and journalists. Several sections of the 41-page document are blacked out or redacted without explanation.

The Inspector General did not interview anyone outside of the USPP or the National Park Service. Those who were not interviewed included then Attorney General William Barr, who is cited in the report, as well as White House staff, Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) agents, DC Metropolitan Police and Secret Service personnel. This is despite the fact that all the entities mentioned participated in the assault, the deputy head of the secret service and the incident commander of the USPP having led the joint operation that day.

The report claims plans to clear the park for the fence to be installed began at 10 a.m. on June 1. The document states that the request for closure was made by the Secret Service and that the park was to be vacated as soon as the contractor had the equipment and labor ready for installation, which did not have place before 4 p.m.

The report states that the USPP commander saw Barr come out of the White House after 6 p.m., and then allegedly told Barr that the area was not safe. The commander then told Inspector General Greenblatt that Barr responded by asking why people were still outside the White House and that he believed the area had since been evacuated.

The report states: "The USPP operations commander said the attorney general asked him, 'Will these people still be here when POTUS [President of the United States] comes out?'

He quotes the commander who said he didn't know Trump would speak, and who replied to Barr, "Are you kidding me?"

The report continued: “The commander asserted that Barr did not order him to clear the park, that the attorney general was 'not in his chain of command' and that clearing the park was 'nothing to do'. to do with the fact that [him] or the president wanted to go out ”.”

Although the report claims there is no evidence that Trump ordered the USPP to clear the park, in a statement accompanying the report, Greenblatt elucidates two "weaknesses" in the operation to clear the park, including the fact that the Secret Service had deployed agents against the demonstrators before the USPP gave the order to disperse, and that the USPP and the Secret Service did not operate on the same radio channels.

Greenblatt also notes that, although the police had access to a long-range acoustic device, the dispersal orders given by the USPP were not heeded by many people present, including police in the field and police officers. demonstrators.

Testifying to the ongoing cover-up regarding Trump's June 1 coup attempt and the role played by various federal agencies in facilitating his dictatorial goals, the report notes that Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) staff have been dispatched to Lafayette Park to conduct the operation although it was not requested by the USPP Acting Chief Gregory Monahan or the USPP Incident Commander.

Greenblatt writes that neither asked for "assistance from the BOP and did not know who sent them to Lafayette Park on June 1".

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