Federal probe: Protest not broken up due to Trump photo op


Former President Donald Trump walks past police in Lafayette Park after he visited outside St. John’s Church across from the White House Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. Part of the church was set on fire during protests on Sunday night. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal investigation has determined that the decision to clear racial justice protesters from an area in front of the White House last summer wasn’t influenced by then-President Donald Trump’s plans to stage a Bible-toting photo opportunity at that spot.

A report by the Interior Department’s inspector general concludes that the protesters were cleared by U.S. Park Police so new fencing could be installed.

Soon after the protesters were forced out, Trump walked across Lafayette Park amid the lingering scent of pepper spray and delivered a short speech while holding a Bible in front of St. John’s Church.

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