Justice Dept. announces first felony charges in attempted toppling of Andrew Jackson statue near White House – POLITICO

The charges– the first brought in a federal court– followed President Donald Trump had promised a crackdown on those trying to topple or deface monoliths of Confederate war heroes and U.S. presidents with poor civil liberties records, a pattern that has emerged in cities throughout the country given that the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.
Trump, who stated he scrapped plans to take a trip to his New Jersey golf club this weekend to guarantee “LAW & & ORDER” was implemented in the capital, on Saturday tweeted out wanted posters of individuals the U.S. Park Police believes were accountable for the damage at the downtown park. He later tweeted the information of the Justice Departments announcement.
On Friday, Trump signed an executive order targeted at securing monoliths and statues, making the problem a concern for the Justice Department.
” I just had the benefit of signing a very strong Executive Order securing American Monuments, Memorials and Statues– and combating recent Criminal Violence,” Trump revealed on Twitter. “Long jail terms for these lawless acts versus our Great Country.”
Trump has actually long derided– and pushed back versus– efforts to bring down monoliths, frequently calling them “absurd.”.
” I think much of individuals that are tearing down the statues dont even have any concept what the statue is, what it implies, who it is when they knocked down,” Trump said during a news conference on Wednesday. “Now they are looking at Jesus Christ, they are taking a look at George Washington, theyre taking a look at Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson. Not going to happen, not going to take place while Im here.”.