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U.S. government seeks to dismiss suit against Trump, Washington Post says

WorldMay 28, 2021 08:25PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a Bible during a photo opportunity in front of St. John's Episcopal Church in the midst of ongoing protests over racial inequality in the wake of the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custod

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department on Friday asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed against former President Donald Trump, former Attorney General William Barr and other officials over the forceful pushing back of peaceful protesters at a White House demonstration last year, the Washington Post reported.

Trump and other U.S. officials should be considered immune from civil lawsuits over police actions taken to protect a president and to secure his movements, the Justice Department lawyers said, according to the Post.

The lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups over the treatment of protesters at a demonstration against racism and police brutality on June 1, 2020, in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, in Minneapolis after a white police officer knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes.

President Joe Biden's administration sought its dismissal. Trump left office in January.

Federal agents on horseback used tear gas to clear the protesters from Lafayette Square near the White House. The sweep allowed Trump to stage a photo opportunity at a nearby church in which he held up a copy of the Bible. A fire set during earlier protests had caused minor damage at the church.

The lawsuit sought an order declaring that Trump, Barr and other officials violated the constitutional rights of the demonstrators.

U.S. government seeks to dismiss suit against Trump, Washington Post says
 

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Patron Silver
Patron Silver May 30, 2021 10:04AM ET
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That really is a disproportionately small hand. Feeling superiority must do that to ppl.
Sidney Glover
Sidney Glover May 30, 2021 8:10AM ET
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As Investing Man points out it was trumpets who were arrested for starting the fire; Not the protesters. Then again fake posters like John Har avoid facts
John Hat
John Hat May 29, 2021 12:25AM ET
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The same protesters that tried to burn the same church down. Where do liberals find these dipsticks?
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Investing Man May 29, 2021 12:25AM ET
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Actually the investigations lead to the arrest of trump supporters posing
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John Hat ? really? how much is FSB paying you to spread lies?
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Investing Man Actually, that's fake news
 
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