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  1. Who's in charge here..? says:

    “Attorney General William Barr denied that he gave a “tactical” command to law enforcement officers to clear a crowd of largely peaceful protesters outside the White House on Monday as he faces criticism over the clash.” https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/501448-barr-says-he-didnt-give-tactical-command-to-clear-lafayette-protester
    “Barr said in an interview with The Associated Press that officers were already moving to clear the demonstrators in Lafayette Square when he arrived on the scene and that he did not direct anyone to disperse the crowd.
    Barr told the AP that he and the U.S. Park Police agreed on the need to push back the security perimeter around the White House complex and that while he supported the efforts to give the order to enact the plan, he did not do it himself.”

    Earlier in the week, White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany told reporters it was Barr who made the decision to push back the security perimeter outside the White House on Monday morning. McEnany said that when Barr arrived at Lafayette Park later that day to survey the security situation, he was surprised to see that action had not yet been taken.
    “So he said that we needed to get going with moving that perimeter. He told the officers that out there,” McEnany said Wednesday. A person familiar with the matter also said earlier this week that Barr told law enforcement to take action to move the perimeter when he arrived in the park.
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters this week that Barr was the one who told officers to disperse the crowd. https://apnews.com/1a993a6e99b4ecd1062a7552efed2d96

    Attorney General William Barr, center, stands in Lafayette Park across from the White House as demonstrators gather to protest the death of George Floyd, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington.

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