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Politics Scarborough and Acosta can't handle that an inspector general report exonerates Trump

10:01  11 june  2021
10:01  11 june  2021 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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Jim Acosta accuses the inspector general of a 'whitewash' over report clearing Trump of teargassing protesters outside the White House and jokes he 'was auditioning to become the inspector general at Mar-a-Lago'. On Wednesday the inspector general of the Interior Department produced their report into the actions of the U.S. Park Police on June 1. They had been told that the area needed clearing so that a fence could be erected to protect the statues in Lafayette Square. Mark Greenblatt, the inspector general , did not look at other forces in the area such as the DC police or the Secret Service.

Joe Scarborough ridiculed those in the press who found a recent Inspector General ’s report on the June 1, 2020 clearing of Lafayette Park as a clear exoneration of the Trump administration. Having read the actual report , the Morning Joe host finds that reporting “laughable on its face” and mocked those in the media who disagreed with his assessment. As such, an Inspector General was brought in to look into the allegation that tear gas was used only to clear the park of peaceful protestors for political purposes, which would be seen by many as a clear violation of the First Amendment.

The days of treating career civil servants as a sainted class are apparently over.

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Certain members of the press are upset after an inspector general’s report concluded former President Donald Trump did not order law enforcement officials last year to disperse a crowd in Lafayette Park so he could walk to a Washington, D.C., church for a photo-op with a Bible.

"The evidence we obtained did not support a finding that the [U.S. Park Police] cleared the park to allow the president to survey the damage and walk to St. John's Church," the report said.

Rather, it adds, federal police learned of Trump’s planned visit hours after they had already begun to clear the area of protesters.

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President Trump has issued a statement thanking the Interior Department inspector general for “Totally exonerating ” him regarding the June 1 expulsion of protesters from Lafayette Park shortly before he walked over to St. John’s Church. “As we have said all along, and it was backed up in today’s highly detailed and professionally written report , our fine Park Police made the decision to clear the park to allow a contractor to safely install antiscale fencing to protect from Antifa rioters, radical BLM protestors, and other violent demonstrators who are causing chaos and death to our cities.

Former President Donald Trump reacted to a just-released Inspector General ’s report on D.C.’s Lafayette Park, which found that it was not cleared of protesters so he could take a “photo-op.” “That is also the central allegation of a federal lawsuit by Black Lives Matter against the Justice Department.” “The report found no evidence of that, but did find that Attorney General William Barr urged officials to speed up the clearing process once Trump had decided to walk through the area that evening,” the report added.

Unsurprisingly, those who are angry the report found no wrongdoing on Trump’s part are blaming the messenger, going so far as to accuse Interior Department Inspector General Mark Greenblatt of intentionally downplaying what happened, possibly to curry favor with the former president.

What a funny about-face. During the Trump presidency, the press canonized public servants at all levels, arguing they “have operated as the backbone of the federal government for more than a century” (the Washington Post’s words, not mine). Remember all the hero worship for the anonymous White House “senior official,” those squirrelly Vindman brothers, Preet Bharara, and, of course, Anthony Fauci?

Guess the adulation extends only to those public servants who are critical of the former president.

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You can add location information to your Tweets, such as your city or precise location, from the web and via third-party applications. What exactly is his FACTUAL basis for reporting his own opinion?

Trump also appears to feel vindicated after an inspector general report released on Wednesday found that, contrary to media reports at the time, police didn’ t clear protesters from a park near the White House so the president could have a photo opportunity at a nearby church that had been torched by rioters. “This week, I have been totally exonerated by the inspector general in the clearing of Lafayette Park, despite earlier reports that it was done for political purposes,” Trump said in a separate statement.

“I certainly think it raises more questions than it answers,” CNN’s Jim Acosta said Thursday of the inspector general report.

“I was in the Rose Garden that day when Trump gave that speech and said, ‘I’m going to go to this special place,’ talking about the church, and you could hear the Park Police and other federal forces, D.C. police, clearing that park, they were violently pummeling protesters, tear-gassing protesters,” he said, adding, “The White House was telling us, ‘Oh, we didn’t use tear gas,’ the D.C. police were using tear gas.”

Greenblatt, who was appointed to his current station by Trump, served also in the administrations of former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

The CNN anchor continued, complaining that, in preparing the report, the inspector general did not speak to more sources, including “senior White House officials” and “the Secret Service.”

“So, this certainly raises more questions,” Acosta said. “And I have to say, when I read through this report, it sounded as if this inspector general was auditioning to become the inspector general at Mar-a-Lago because this is almost a whitewash of what occurred on June 1.”

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Acosta ’s true self is ready to talk about his hatred for the Trump administration and the dangers it posed. We all often forget that the Interior Department runs federal land in Washington D.C. Thus, it came to be, that the Interior Department’s Inspector General , who “fell” into the position of officially inspecting the “Bible Clearing Moment” in the Trump administration. The report reflects the kind of judgment that got Greenblatt appointed by Trump in the first place. Greenblatt says that they were just putting up a fence. This man wants his place in Mar-a-Lagoville, and Acosta just wasn’ t having it

“The report found no evidence of that, but did find that Attorney General William Barr urged officials to speed up the clearing process once Trump had decided to walk through the area that evening,” the report added. Donald Trump reacted to the Department of the Interior Inspector General ’s findings in a “As we have said all along, and it was backed up in today’s highly detailed and professionally written report , our fine Park Police made the decision to clear the park to allow a contractor to safely install antiscale fencing to protect from Antifa rioters, radical BLM protestors, and other violent

CNN’s John Berman interjected at this point to note the “IG report didn’t say, though, that that didn’t happen. What it really, specifically, said was that the Park Police and only the Park Police, not necessarily the Secret Service or other law enforcement agencies, but the Park Police didn’t clear those protesters so that the president could go hold up the Bible. That’s a very specific, narrow finding.”

“But what we don’t know is what the White House was plotting at the same time,” Acosta responded. “Remember, if you look at this inspector general’s report, there’s one point where Park Police commander talks to the attorney general, and the attorney general says … ‘Are these protesters still going to be here when the president comes out?’ So, clearly, they had this intention to use the clearing of the park to stage this photo opportunity, even if that was not the original intent of the Park Police.”

Now is a good time to remind you that Acosta, who is casually smearing the inspector general with no evidence whatsoever, once wrote a book alleging it’s a “dangerous time to tell the truth in America.” Indeed.

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At MSNBC, the hosts of Morning Joe had similar complaints.

"There’s a reason [protesters] were cleared with the urgency that they were cleared with,” said host Joe Scarborough, “they could have actually scheduled repairs on scaffolding at the same time, before knowing, of course, that Donald Trump, who was humiliated after news broke that he scrambled down to the bunker.”

He continued, saying, “If it makes you feel better, seizing on to a report that doesn’t cover the entire event and completely ignoring what [former Attorney General William Barr] said, you go with that. But that’s awfully thin gruel, if that’s what you’re relying on, awfully thin gruel. Good luck with that."

Well, then. Make attacks on civil servants great again!

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Original Author: Becket Adams

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