Warren Calls For DOJ Probe Amid Reports Attorney General Ordered Protesters Removed

Nick Visser

Sen. Elizabeth Warren called for an investigation following the violent dispersal of protesters near the White House on Monday amid reports Attorney General William Barr personally ordered federal officers to remove them.

The Massachusetts Democrat wrote to the inspector general at the Department of Justice on Tuesday, saying she was appalled after largely peaceful protesters gathered in Lafayette Park were confronted by federal police wielding tear gas and flash-bang grenades the day before. Shortly after the crowds were removed, President Donald Trump walked to nearby St. John’s Church for a photo-op, held up a Bible and declared America the “greatest country in the world.”

The Washington Post and The New York Times later reported the dispersal was directly ordered by Barr.

“This ‘ambush’ of American citizens who were protesting the killing of Mr. Floyd at the hands of a police officer was created to allow the President to partake in a blatantly political photo opportunity,” Warren wrote to Michael Horowitz, the DOJ’s inspector general. “These attacks on peaceful American protestors steps from the White House were sickening and appalling.”

Warren also wrote to the Pentagon’s acting inspector general calling for a probe into the role the agency played in the protests.

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