The Interior Department Inspector General published the results of his investigation into the clash in Lafayette Park in June 2020. Mark Greenblatt found that federal police officers got involved to make room for contractors installing a new fence in the park.
This happened to coincide with then President Trump taking a photo in front of a nearby church. Many blamed Trump for the violent clashes.
Inspector General Greenblatt also found that police were “inconsistent with the guidance” when they violently removed protestors. But, he did not deny their authority to remove the protestors in the first place.
At the time, then presidential candidate Joe Biden railed against Trump. Biden ran with the reports that have since been proven false to tweet: “He’s using the American military against the American people. He tear-gassed peaceful protesters and fired rubber bullets. For a photo.”
Kayleigh McEnany, who was Trump’s White House Press Secretary, took to Twitter to remind everyone, she told them. “I said this from the podium endlessly. But only now do they finally report the truth,” she tweeted.
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Texas Counties Declare ‘Invasion’ as Border Crisis Escalates
Several Texas counties have declared a border “invasion” and are hoping governor Greg Abbott will follow in their path and issue a similar declaration for the state.
“We’re being invaded. The facts are there,” said Kinney County Judge Tully Shahan at a press conference in Brackettville, Texas. “This is real. We want America to know this is real. America doesn’t know what’s happening here.”
The New York Post reports that the counties were contacted by Ken Cuccinelli, a former Trump Department of Homeland Security official, “who has talked them into believing they can use the ‘self-help provision of the Constitution to declare an invasion.”
“This gives the governor, decided similarly, the authority to repeal that invasion,” Cuccinelli said at the press conference Tuesday. County officials from Kinney, Goliad, Terrell and Uvalde Counties criticized the Biden Administration’s “open border policy.”
The Post writes “Cuccinelli claims now that the Kinney County Attorney, a legal authority has declared an invasion, Gov. Greg Abbott can “repeal” immigrants. He envisions a Title 42-style program, where immigrants– even those seeking asylum– are automatically deported if they cross into the Texas border.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has resisted calls by the same group, the Center for Renewing America, to declare an “invasion,” in the past, according to the Texas Tribune. The group has been known to reach out to states across the country “looking for any local government that would be4 willing to go along with it, the spokeswoman for the organization told The Post.”
While officials know declaring an invasion does not grant any legal authority, they hope it will at least bring attention to the border crisis. The Post reports of the press conference Tuesday:
The officials each shared stories of how their communities are being inundated by immigrants as humans and drugs are smuggled through their small towns on a daily basis.
The number of reported migrant encounters along the US-Mexico border once again made history in May — hitting a staggering 239,416 encounters, according to the latest available monthly Customs and Border Patrol statistics.
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