A judge turned down a lawsuit on Monday against former President Donald Trump and former Attorney General William Barr by Black Lives matter over the clearing of Lafayette Square in 2020.
According to the Washington Post, “The plaintiffs asserted the government used unnecessary force to enable a photo op of President Donald Trump holding a Bible outside of the historical St. John’s Church. But U.S. District Judge Dabney L. Friedrich of Washington called allegations that federal officials conspired to make way for the photo too speculative.”
The media narrative in 2020 argued Trump had the area cleared of protestors in order to conduct a photo op during which he held a Bible in front of the church. The protestors were removed using tear gas and other means.
A more recent report found law enforcement officials had cleared the area before knowing Trump planned to arrive. The revelation contradicted the media narrative and may have also served an important role in the legal case with Black Lives Matter.
In the case, “The judge found that there was a ‘national security’ interest at stake — ‘specifically, the country’s national-security interest in the safety and security of the President and the area surrounding the White House’ — meant that there could be no suit for damages without express congressional intervention,” according to Breitbart News.
The case is one of several ongoing lawsuits against the former president. In a recent statement, Trump called the legal cases a “witch hunt.”
Former Trump senior adviser Jason Miller tweeted on Tuesday that the ongoing litigation against the former president is about keeping him from running for president in 2024.
This case may be over, but several others remain. The battles of leftist groups against Trump will certainly continue, especially as he teases another run for the White House.