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July 19, 2020

Nadler, Thompson & Maloney Call for IG Investigation Into Trump Administration Use of Force Against Protestors

(WASHINGTON) - Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), and Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) condemned the Trump Administration's use of violent tactics against peaceful protestors in Washington D.C., Portland, Oregon, and elsewhere around the country, and demanded that the Inspectors General of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) open an immediate investigation into these actions.  

In a letter to DOJ IG Michael E. Horowitz and DHS IG Joseph V. Cuffari, the Members wrote, "The legal basis for this use of force has never been explained—and, frankly, it is not at all clear that the Attorney General and the Acting Secretary are authorized to deploy federal law enforcement officers in this manner.  The Attorney General of the United States does not have unfettered authority to direct thousands of federal law enforcement personnel to arrest and detain American citizens exercising their First Amendment rights.  The Acting Secretary appears to be relying on an ill-conceived executive order meant to protect historic statues and monuments as justification for arresting American citizens in the dead of night.   The Administration’s insistence on deploying these forces over the objections of state and local authorities suggest that these tactics have little to do with public safety, but more to do with political gamesmanship."

Full text of the letter can be found here.

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