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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler attacked Attorney General Bill Barr in a Tuesday hearing by arguing riots had wound down when Trump sent federal agents to Portland, but reports on the ground say otherwise.
Attacks on the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse in downtown Portland far predate President Donald Trump’s announcement of Operation Legend in which he sent roughly 200 agents to the city, according to local media reports. The courthouse and businesses in the city were busy boarding up their windows prior to the weekend of July 4, and violent riots were had been and continued to be a nightly occurrence up to the beginning of the operation.
“In most of these cities, the protests have begun to wind down before you marched in and confronted the protesters. And the protesters aren’t mobs. They are mothers and veterans and mayors,” Nadler claimed Tuesday.
The Trump administration did send a smaller detachment of agents to Portland on June 26 following an executive order defending national monuments. Protesters had repeatedly set fire to Portland’s iconic elk statue in downtown, an... (Read more)
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