DC’s Lafayette Park was not cleared for Trump’s Bible photo-op, watchdog finds

DC’s Lafayette Park was not cleared for Trump’s Bible photo-op, watchdog finds


Protesters were not forced out of a park near the White House last year so then-President Donald Trump could pose for photos outside a graffitied church, an internal government investigation has found.

Interior Department Inspector General Mark Lee Greenblatt released a 37-page report Wednesday that said the violent clearout at Lafayette Park had nothing to do with Trump’s photo op — concluding that a contractor installing “antiscale fencing in response to destruction of property and injury to officers” the previous two days was instead to blame.

The demonstration on June 1, 2020, was sparked by the May 25, 2020 murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

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Minutes after the protesters were forced from the park, Trump walked across the same area — trailed by reporters and news cameras — to deliver a brief speech while holding up a Bible in front of historic St. John’s Church, which had been vandalized the

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