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Judge bars BLM from suing Trump over Lafayette Square clash

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By Jenny Goldsberry

District of Columbia Judge Dabney L. Friedrich released her ruling Monday that Black Lives Matter cannot sue former President Trump over police clearing Lafayette Square a year ago. The ruling also applies to former Attorney General William Barr. Friedrich was appointed by then President Trump in 2017.

The lawsuit against Trump comes from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) representing BLM. But now it has stopped in its tracks because Friedrich says police cleared the square out of “national security considerations.”

“First, national security—specifically, the country’s national-security interest in the safety and security of the President and the area surrounding the White House—strongly weighs against creating a . . . remedy here,” her decision read.

“In this context, it matters not whether the national security risk actually justified the particular action taken,” the judge wrote. Instead, the real question is about “whether ‘national-security concerns’ were present in the decision-making process the federal officials faced and thus ‘whether the Judiciary should alter the framework established by the political branches for addressing [similar] cases.'”

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However, there must still be current national security concerns because Lafayette Square is still on a significant lockdown.

“To this day, over a year after the events of June 1, Lafayette Square remains subject to heightened restrictions that periodically limit protesters’ access to the Square,” Friedrich reminded readers in her decision.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism

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Information emerges on ‘conspiracy-minded former Democratic campaign staffer’ who lit himself on fire outside Trump trial

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As the jury selection for former President Donald Trump’s hush-money trial was being finalized, Max Azzarello set himself on fire Friday afternoon outside the Manhattan courthouse. The event was caught on video by multiple media outlets, and police officers can be seen in the videos dousing Azzarello’s body with a fire extinguisher.

National Review reports on the bizarre occurrence:

Azzarello appears to be a conspiracy-minded former Democratic campaign staffer and operations manager who threw pamphlets into the air before self-immolating that directed bystanders to his Substack blog, “The Ponzi Papers.” Azzarello writes on his Substack of a supposed “totalitarian con” and identifies himself as the man who set himself on fire outside of the Trump courthouse.

Azzarello warns of what he believes to be cryptocurrency ponzi scheme being manipulated by economic elites, most notably tech billionaire Peter Thiel. He claims the government is a “secret kleptocracy” full of financial criminals and highlights The Simpsons as a tool supposedly used by elites to brainwash the American people.

His LinkedIn page features a picture of himself with former president Bill Clinton, a subject of his conspiracy theories, and lists his various marketing and operations positions in politics and tech.

 

 

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