President Donald Trump holds up a Bible in front of St John's Episcopal Church after walking across Lafayette Park from the White House in Washington, DC on June 1, 2020.
The Interior Department's watchdog on Tuesday claimed in a new report that police violently cleared protestors from a park outside the White House last June in order to "allow a contractor" to install new fencing, and not to enable then-President Donald Trump to stage a widely criticized photo op while wielding a Bible.
"The evidence we reviewed showed that the [U.S. Park Police] cleared the park to allow a contractor to safely install antiscale fencing in response to destruction of Federal property and injury to officers that occurred on May 30 and May 31," wrote Mark Lee Greenblatt, the Interior Department's inspector general.
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