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Pentagon officials: Investigation into removal of protesters near White House almost done

Posted On: Jul 10, 2020   |   Posted By: WGN TV

Pentagon officials: Investigation into removal of protesters near White House almost done

WASHINGTON - Top officials from the Pentagon faced questioning from Congress Thursday about what happened in front of the White House last month when crowds protesting police brutality were moved out of the way so President Donald Trump could take a photo at a nearby church .
“No active-duty military units engaged protesters,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper said.
He added that, while National Guard troops were there on June 1, they stood by in case they were needed.
Ex-defense chief Mattis denounces president's response to protesters
“That the guard did not advance on the crowd, that the guard did not shoot rubber bullets, that the guard did not employ chemical agents of any type,” Esper said.
Adam Smith, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, wanted to know who was in charge.
“Who gave the order to clear the protests?” Smith asked.
Neither Esper nor Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair General Mark Milley could provide an answer.
“I don't know,” Gen. Milley said.
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