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6/1/2020 Timeline: Trump ‘Photo Op’ Not Reason for Clearing BLM Rioters from Lafayette Park, Inspector Found

Posted by FactReal on June 1, 2023

On June 1, 2020, the Left created a false narrative to attack and weaken then-President Trump: “Trump’s Photo-Op at St. John’s Church”

The leftist media and Democrats claimed that docile and peaceful BLM/Antifa protesters were tear gassed and removed from Lafayette Square (Washington, D.C.) so that Trump could get a photo opportunity.

But the facts proved the leftists wrong.

A 2021 Inspector General (IG) investigation found that on June 1, 2020, Black Lives Matter/Antifa protesters/rioters were dispersed from Lafayette Park near the White House to install an anti-scale fence and not because then-President Trump wanted take a photo in front of St. John’s Church, which was set on fire the night before by “peaceful protesters.”

The IG also confirmed that it was Democrat D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser – not Trump – who teargassed the protesters.

If you still think Black Lives Matter/Antifa were peaceful protesters, check these:
REMEMBER: White House Attacked by BLM/Antifa Rioters (May 29 – 30, 2020)
REMEMBER: White House & DC Attack by BLM/Antifa (May 31, 2020)

BELOW: Background, link to the IG report and timeline of the events of June 1, 2020.



The Daily Caller: Legacy Media Suffers A Hit As Yet Another Trump Conspiracy Theory Evaporates | Archive (Report date: June 9, 2021)

[During the Black Lives Matter riots in May/June 2020, legacy] media pushed a story claiming that police cleared peaceful protesters from the area near Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C., during a demonstration in order to let then-President Donald Trump pose for a photo-op [in front of St. John’s Church]. That story has been definitively proven false.


However, a [June 2021] report from Interior Department inspector general Mark Greenblatt determined that the Park Police had planned to clear the area before anyone knew Trump’s plans to walk over and that Trump’s presence had nothing to do with the Park Police’s decision to clear the area.

Police had planned to clear the area in advance in order to install extra fencing after the riots that took place May 30 and 31, according to the report. Tear gas was used by Washington, D.C., police, but reportedly not by Park Police.

The Federalist: New Reports Reveal DC Mayor, Not Trump, Teargassed Protesters (Report date on June 24, 2021)

Amazingly, new reportsconfirm it was Bowser — not Trump — who teargassed the protesters a few blocks away from the White House on the evening in question, that the protests had repeatedly devolved into violence and arson, and that the clearing was done for major security concerns and not a photo opportunity. For more than a year, Bowser allowed Trump to take the blame for what her police forces had done.
[Archived link here]


“We determined, and the [Metropolitan Police Department] confirmed, that the MPD used CS gas on 17th Street on June 1. As discussed above, the MPD was not a part of nor under the control or direction of the USPP’s and the Secret Service’s unified command structure,” the Inspector General said in the report in the section headlined, “The USPP Did Not Use CS Gas on June 1, 2020, But The MPD Did.”
[Archived link here.]


Report from the Inspector General – U.S. Department of the Interior
Title: Review of U.S. Park Police Actions at Lafayette Park (Archive)
Date: June 2021

– USPP = U.S. Park Police
– MPD = Metropolitan Police Department


Source: IG report: Timeline on Appendix 1 on page 32 and notes throughout the report.

May 29, 2020
Protests begin in Washington, DC, in and around Lafayette Park

May 30, 2020
USPP and Secret Service begin discussions to procure an antiscale fence
to establish a more secure perimeter; Secret Service contacts fencing contractor
requesting information on available fencing

Protesters throw objects at officers and breach bike-rack fencing; at least 20 USPP
officers sustain injuries

May 31, 2020
Protests occur throughout the day and evening; DC Mayor announces an 11 p.m.
curfew, but protests continue after that time; 16 USPP officers are injured; fires
are set to the park’s comfort station and the basement of St. John’s Church

[More details from page 7: “[The fence] contractor told the Secret Service that it could install the fencing that same day and requested that its employees have a safe environment in which to work. The contractor requested that because of the current environment at the park, installation of the fence occur before nightfall and that its crews be protected by a police presence.”

June 1, 2020
10 a.m. USPP command staff holds a briefing and notifies officers of possible fence installation later in the day

11:50 a.m USPP incident commander briefs MPD and Secret Service on plan to secure H Street and surrounding areas so contractor can install antiscale fence

12 p.m. Secret Service issues fencing contractor order to proceed with fence installation

2 p.m. Fencing contractor project manager arrives at Lafayette Park
[More details on page 9: “[T]he USPP operations commander told us the USPP’s plan to clear Lafayette Park was underway before the 2 p.m. meeting. He stated that the Attorney General [Bill Barr] did not address him during this meeting and that the Attorney General did not mention a potential presidential visit to the park.”]

3 – 5 p.m. USPP incident commander learns of possible presidential visit to Lafayette Park
[Details from page 10:
“Both the USPP acting chief of police and the USPP incident commander stated they were not told a specific time for the President’s potential arrival and that learning this information did not change their operational timeline. The USPP acting chief of police said, “I can tell you with 100 percent certainty that the Secret Service and the Park Police … timeline did not change the entire day.”

[Details from page 10: After 4 p..m.: “[P]rotesters breached the bike-rack fence line and entered the secured area, climbed on top of the burned-out comfort station, and threw projectiles like rocks, water bottles, and eggs at law enforcement officers (see Figures 6 and 7).”

4 – 4:30 p.m. Fencing contractor’s employees arrive at Lafayette Park; first of three semitrucks with fencing material arrives inside the White House complex

5:30 p.m. Second and third semitrucks with fencing material arrive on 17th Street;

6:10 p.m. Attorney General visits Lafayette Park
[Details on page 14: “The USPP operations commander told us he had not known until then that the President would be coming out of the White House and into Lafayette Park. He said he replied to the Attorney General, “Are you freaking kidding me?” and then hung his head and walked away. (…) The USPP operations commander denied that the Attorney General ordered him to clear Lafayette Park and H Street.”]

6:16 p.m. Secret Service deploys onto H Street before dispersal warnings

6:23 p.m. USPP incident commander starts first dispersal warning

6:26 p.m. USPP incident commander starts second dispersal warning

6:28 p.m. USPP incident commander starts third dispersal warning

6:30 p.m. USPP and its law enforcement partners begin clearing Lafayette Park

6:43 p.m. President Trump begins speech in Rose Garden

6:50 p.m. Lafayette Park, H Street, and surrounding areas have been cleared

6:55 p.m. Second and third semitrucks with fencing material enter the White House complex

7 p.m. Citywide curfew begins

7:01 p.m. President Trump departs the White House

7:09 p.m. President Trump visits St. John’s Church
[Details from page 20: “The USPP operations commander, the USPP incident commander, and the USPP acting chief of police told us they did not know the President planned to make a speech in the Rose Garden that evening. The USPP incident commander told us he was never informed of the President’s specific plans or when the President planned to come out of the White House. He said, “It was just a, ‘Hey, here he comes.’ And all of a sudden I turn around and there’s the entourage.” The USPP acting chief of police also told us he did not know about the President’s plans to visit St. John’s Church and that the USPP incident commander told him the President might come to the park to assess the damage at an unspecified time. The USPP acting chief of police and the USPP incident commander told us this information had no impact on their operational plan, and both denied that the President’s potential visit to the park influenced the USPP’s decision to clear Lafayette Park and the surrounding areas. Numerous other USPP captains and lieutenants and the ACPD civil disturbance unit commanders also told us they received no information suggesting that the USPP cleared the area to facilitate the President’s visit to St. John’s Church. The DCNG major we interviewed told us that his USPP liaison appeared as surprised as he was when the President visited Lafayette Park, stating, “We [were] both kind of equally shocked.” ”

7:18 p.m. President Trump arrives back at the White House

7:30 p.m. Contractors begin installing antiscale fence

June 2, 2020
12:30 a.m. Contractors complete installation of antiscale fence

[Details from page 22: “The USPP reported that installation of the antiscale fence significantly reduced violence and injuries to officers. The USPP incident commander said that “the goal of the de-escalation was met” because “injuries reduced to almost nothing” after the fence was installed. The antiscale fence also protected park property from further damage while still allowing protests to continue on H Street in front of Lafayette Park. ”

The Department of the Interior released statement on June 13, 2020 describing what happened on June 1, 2020: [Emphasis added]

Following the violence that continued on May 30th where officers were hit with bricks and assaulted, the USSS and USPP had initial discussions regarding adjustments to the collective posture in Lafayette Park and potentially obtaining fencing. As violence and destruction continued in Washington, DC, putting both the public and law enforcement at risk, on Sunday, May 31, USSS confirmed with USPP that the anti-scale fencing would be procured and potentially delivered on Monday for installation along H Street.

On Monday, June 1, USPP received confirmation from the USSS that the fencing would be delivered during the day with the expectation of being installed in the evening. (…)

[A]t approximately 6:33 pm, violent protestors on H Street NW continued to throw projectiles including bricks, frozen water bottles and caustic liquids. The protestors also climbed onto a historic building at the north end of Lafayette Park that was destroyed by arson the previous day. Intelligence had revealed calls for violence against the police, and officers found caches of glass bottles, baseball bats and metal poles hidden along the street.

To curtail the violence that was underway, the USPP, following standard operating procedures, issued three warnings over a loudspeaker to alert demonstrators on H Street to evacuate the area. Horse mounted patrol, Civil Disturbance Units and additional personnel were used to clear the area. As many of the protestors became more combative, continued to throw projectiles, grab officer’s protective equipment, and even attempted to grab one officers’ weapon, officers then employed the use of smoke canisters, stinger balls, and pepper balls. On June 1, USPP officers and other assisting law enforcement partners operating under the command of the USPP did not use tear gas or Skat Shells to close the area at Lafayette Park. Subsequently, the fence was installed.

The Department of the Interior Released a Video Showing Protesters Launching Bricks, Glass At Police Outside White House
The video also shows protesters attacking a Daily Caller reporter for filming.

…This post will be updated…

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REMEMBER: White House & DC Attack by BLM/Antifa (May 31, 2020)

Posted by FactReal on May 31, 2023

Continuing to remember the attacks by Black Lives Matter and Antifa during the 2020 Riots in Washington, D.C.

Previously: Remember: White House Attacked by BLM/Antifa Rioters (May 29th – May 30th, 2020)

MAY 31, 2020 (SUNDAY)

Several fires lit near White House as DC protests continue to rage:

Several fires were set just blocks from the White House on Sunday as protests over the death of George Floyd continued to rage in the nation’s capital.

Protesters piled up road signs and plastic barriers and lit a blaze in the middle of H Street, shortly before the start of the 11 p.m. curfew imposed by Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.

Some of the demonstrators pulled an American flag from a nearby building and threw it into the flames, The Associated Press reported.

The basement of The Parish House in historic St. John’s Episcopal Church, near Lafayette Park, was in flames, according to live footage from Fox News.

Another blaze was consuming a public cinder block building with bathrooms and a maintenance office at the edge of the park.

Fires burn near White House amid violent protests.
– “Firefighters in Washington, D.C., responded to numerous blazes set intentionally by protesters in the city Sunday evening“
– “Multiple news outlets reported that a fire erupted at historic St. John’s Church, a landmark where presidents have attended services since the 1800s, while others were set nearby at a White House guard building and other locations, including the AFL-CIO’s national headquarters.”
– “Protesters clashed with police in nearby Lafayette Park, next to the White House”
– “Overhead views of the city Sunday evening showed the iconic Washington Monument engulfed with smoke from nearby fires as crews struggled to reach locations still held by protesters late into the night.”
– “A curfew was imposed on Washington Sunday night and the National Guard was called in as the protests continued.”


F*ck Donald Trump”
“#NOW: Hundreds are packing into H Street north of the White House for a third consecutive evening of protests over the death of George Floyd.

Turnout is high even after yesterday’s clashes. It’s wholly peaceful at the moment, they’ve taken a knee chanting “stop killing us.””

Water bottles thrown at Secret Service and Park Police:

Fire in Lafayette Park:

Fire near White House on H street:
“[Bon] fire on H Street near the White House #protests2020 @wusa9”

Question to reporter: “I still don’t see how this mans [George Floyd’s] death has connections to donald trump”

Basement of St. John’s Episcopal Church on fire:
“buildings & objects on fire including St. John’s Episcopal Church. This is a block away from the White House.”

Video via FNC White House Correspondent Kevin Corke

Flag pulled from church:
“Protestors pull flag from St. John’s Church, now addding tree limbs to fire. No response still

More fire:
“Protesters just burned the American Flag 🇺🇸 #protests2020 @wusa9”

Smoke over DC:
Via aerial reporter Brad Freitas
“Smoke from multiple fires rising up in front of the Washington Monument #Chopper4 looking south from Maryland, White House center screen. #BreakingNews
@nbcwashington #protests2020 #GeorgeFloydProtests”

AFL-CIO on fire:
“The AFL-CIO headquarters a block north of the White House has been ransacked. There’s a fire in the lobby, all the windows are smashed and I can hear sprinklers going off. DC Fire haven’t been able to come anywhere near this area.”

DOJ to send help:



DC Mayor Muriel Bowser agrees with rioters and mocks Trump who is being targeted by BLM/Antifa rioters:

DC police kneel:
Source: WUSA9 Darren M. Haynes:
“DC police take a knee during #protests2020 @wusa9”

Joe Biden kneels for photo-op:

We are a nation in pain right now, but we must not allow this pain to destroy us.

As President, I will help lead this conversation — and more importantly, I will listen, just as I did today visiting the site of last night’s protests in Wilmington.



6/1/2020 Timeline: Trump ‘Photo Op’ Not Reason for Clearing BLM Rioters from Lafayette Park, Inspector Found

…This post will be updated…

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REMEMBER: White House Attacked by BLM/Antifa Rioters (May 2020)

Posted by FactReal on May 30, 2023


Insurrection 2020 by Black Lives Matter and Antifa

Media Falsely Claimed Violent Riots Were Peaceful
Real effect of tear gas:

May 29, 2020 (Friday) through May 31, 2020 (Sunday)

Antifa, BLM rioters Injured 60+ Secret Service Agents Protecting the White House
Statement from the Secret Service (Archive): [Emphasis Added]

Some demonstrators repeatedly attempted to knock over security barriers, and vandalized six Secret Service vehicles. Between Friday night and Sunday morning, more than 60 Secret Service/ Uniformed Division Officers and Special Agents sustained multiple injuries from projectiles such as bricks, rocks, bottles, fireworks and other items. Secret Service personnel were also directly physically assaulted as they were kicked, punched, and exposed to bodily fluids. A total of 11 injured employees were transported to a local hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

CNN: Protesters Clash with Secret Service Outside of White House:
“The White House was the site of an angry protest as well, while demonstrators fought with Secret Service and other law enforcement, knocking down barriers that resulted in the White House being placed on lockdown.” Watch the full video here.

Reporter Andy Ngo provided a clip of CNN’s video:
“Rioters outside the White House are tearing apart the barriers piece-by-piece. #antifa #BlackLivesMatter”


White House on Lockdown as protesters shoved over temporary barricades and hurled obscenities at the Secret Service:

WHITE HOUSE IN LOCKDOWN (Friday, May 29, 2020)
White House briefly placed on lockdown due to nearby George Floyd protest:

The White House was placed on lockdown by the Secret Service for about an hour on Friday night due to crowds outside the gates protesting the police custody death of George Floyd.

The lockdown was lifted at around 8:30 p.m., after protesters left, marching next to the Trump International Hotel, where they continued chants of “I can’t breathe” and “black lives matter,” according to multiple news reports.

One woman was taken into custody by the Secret Service after she climbed over a barrier, NBC in Washington reported.

White House correspondents tweeted that they were briefly detained inside the West Wing during the lockdown.

Reporters also:
Peter Alexander, NBCNews Chief White House Correspondent, tweeted:

The White House is under lockdown orders from the U.S. Secret Service due to protests outside the gates over George Floyd.
A dozen reporters, myself included, still inside the West Wing.

Leftwing Media Mocked Trump for Going into the Bunker, Bongino Schooled Them:
Dan Bongino, former lead Secret Service agent in the presidential protective detail, explained in a tweet:

Dear Lib Media Hacks,
The President doesn’t make the call to move to the bunker. The trained professionals of the Secret Service do.
Ironic that you’re piling on this story considering you’d all s*it your diapers if rioters were prepping to storm your front door. You’re cowards.

BLM/Antifa Outside the White House
Video here:

Frozen water bottles thrown at Secret service near the White House
[Watch video #2: “Tensions flared near the White House.”]


Another confrontation at the White House

There’s been another confrontation at the White House. Secret Service are trying to chase people out of a fortified Lafayette Square after they breached the barricades.

I’m at H and 16th where it’s obvious police have deployed some sort of irritant because my skin is burning.

Not Trump supporters
“Protestors chant “f*ck Donald Trump” across from the White House.”

[Original video: https://twitter.com/rasheencarbin/status/1266873889583497216]

Video: Rioters Assault Breitbart Reporter, Another Journalist Outside White House:
“Violent protesters outside the White House Saturday morning forced at least two journalists, including a reporter for Breitbart News, to flee their coverage assignments, in one of the many incidents of violent unrest sweeping across the nation.”

Antifa/BLM Chase Fox News Reporter Outside White House
FNC Reporter “chased off of his liveshot by an angry mob shouting “f*** Fox News.”

The Daily Caller reported and provided video:

Reporter tells what happened:



May 31, 2020 (Sunday)

REMEMBER: White House & DC Attack by BLM/Antifa (May 31, 2020)

June 1, 2020 (Monday)

6/1/2020 Timeline: Trump ‘Photo Op’ Not Reason for Clearing BLM Rioters from Lafayette Park, Inspector Found

….This post will be updated…

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Prison Sentences: Jan. 6 (18 years) vs. BLM Molotov Bomb-Throwers (15 months)

Posted by FactReal on May 26, 2023

Comparison of how the U.S. justice system is treating rioters from the Capitol breach on January 6, 2021 versus the Black Lives Matter and Antifa rioters.




BLM/Antifa rioters set buildings on fire in Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 30, 2020. (Credit: Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

BLM Molotov Bomb Throwers get less than 15 months in prison (Jan. 26, 2023)
– An unapologetic bomber told reporters later, “The only way they hear us is through violence.”

Man who torched police station gets 2 years and 3 months sentence.
– The judge called him “a good person who made a terrible mistake.”

JAN. 6
Oath Keepers founder sentenced to 18 years in prison for role in Jan 6 riot (May 25, 2023)
“Not a single Oath Keeper brought a weapon to the Capitol on January 6,” tweeted AmericanGreatness‘ Julie Kelly, who has been reporting on the Jan. 6 cases.

Man Who Put Feet on Nancy Pelosi’s Desk on January 6 Sentenced to 4.5 Years in Prison: (May 25, 2023)

Found guilty in January this year on eight counts, including felony charges of civil disorder and obstruction of an official proceeding, a federal judge sentenced Richard “Bigo” Barnett to four and half years in prison after prosecutors requested he’d be given more than seven years followed by three years of supervised release.

J6 Rioters Did NOT Kill anyone

Fair Trials Are Impossible for January 6 Defendants (Sept. 24, 2022)

Judges on the D.C. District Court have denied every change of venue motion, absurdly insisting residents of a city that voted 93 percent for Joe Biden in 2020 can be fair and impartial. Further, judges claim nonstop news coverage in addition to the televised performances of the January 6 select committee do not further taint a demonstrably tainted jury pool.

[J]uries have returned unanimous guilty verdicts on every count in record time

FBI had 5 informants with Oath Keepers, none provided evidence of guilt: Defense lawyer (Sept. 27, 2022)


Times Left-Wing Protesters Broke Into Government Buildings And Assaulted Democracy
Many times obstructing official proceedings: [Some examples added]
– U.S. Capitol (the U.S. Senate chamber) bombed by left-wing terrorists (1983)
[Bill Clinton commuted the leftists’ sentences at the request of Democrat Rep. Jerry Nadler]
– White House (June 2020)
– Federal Courthouse (Portland, July 2020 and March 2021)
– U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Senate (Oct. 6, 2018) ahead of Senate votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as an Associate Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court
– U.S. Senate Office Building atrium on Capitol Hill (Oct. 4, 2018) (video here, here)
– Protesters crashed Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing (Sept. 7, 2018) video
– Interior Department (Oct. 2021)
– Texas Capitol (July 2013)
– Wisconsin Capitol (2011)
– Protester with blood-colored hands confronts U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at a congressional hearing (Oct. 2007) (Report)
[Anti-war protesters from ‘Code Pink’ were allowed to frequently disrupt hearings on Capitol Hill.]
– Senate hearing on health care interrupted by single-payer protesters (May 12, 2009) (video)
– Senate Chamber breached by Joe Biden himself (1960s)
[This self-guided Capitol tour “borders on sedition” according to Democrats now.]


Most charges against George Floyd protesters dropped, analysis shows: (Report: Apr. 17. 2021)
The Guardian‘s analysis of law enforcement records and media reports.
– in Houston, about 93% of citations were dropped
– in Los Angeles, about 93% of citations were not filed
– in San Francisco dismissed all 127 cases
– Mayors in every city except Detroit dropped all citations
– [Detroit] dropped nearly 300 more citations
– in Dallas, where more than 95% of cases were not filed…The department dropped about 675 charges stemming from one protest…it sent nearly 200 charges to the prosecutor’s office, of which about 85% were dropped or had not been filed as of September [2021]
– in Philadelphia, police sent over 1,700 charges…Mayor Jim Kenney and Krasner dropped or are poised to drop about 95% of the charges
– in Minneapolis, where Floyd was killed, more than 90% of cases were dropped by November
– in New York City, more than 5,000 summonses that police wrote citywide for low-level offenses were dismissed by a summons court
– Brooklyn’s prosecutor dropped 83% of 136 more serious criminal cases, and
– Manhattan’s prosecutor dropped about 64% of nearly 1,000 cases.

Most Riot, Looting Cases From Last Year Dropped by NYC DAs (June 18, 2021)
– “NYPD data reviewed … shows 118 arrests were made in the Bronx during the worst of the looting in early June….the NYPD says the Bronx DA and the courts have dismissed most of those cases – 73 in all. Eighteen cases remain open and there have been 19 convictions for mostly lesser counts like trespassing, counts which carry no jail time.”
– “In Manhattan, the NYPD data shows there were 485 arrests. Of those cases, 222 were later dropped and 73 seeing convictions for lesser counts like trespassing, which carries no jail time. Another 40 cases involved juveniles and were sent to family court; 128 cases remain open. ”


$1 to $2 Billion cost for 2 weeks of BLM/Antifa riots that took place in 140 U.S. cities during the summer of 2020:

Per Axios: $1 billion-plus riot damage is most expensive in insurance history (Sept. 16, 2020)

Dates Location Dollars
May 26-June 8, 2020 20 states across U.S. $1-2b


Per NPR: (March 25, 2023)

The investigation has been a massive undertaking, both in its scope and cost. Every U.S. Attorney’s office has been involved, as well as every FBI field office. As part of the $1.7 trillion government spending package passed in December, $2.6 billion was allocated to the U.S. Attorneys, in part to support the Jan. 6 prosecutions.


The Biden Justice Department’s Shameful Pandering to Bomb-Throwing Rioters: (June 7, 2022)

The foundational duty of government is to maintain public safety and order, without which neither liberty nor prosperity is possible. The dramatic story of the summer of 2020 was the outbreak of riots and protests following the murder of George Floyd. More than a dozen people were killed and a billion or more dollars in damages were caused, including the destruction of many businesses. This cried out for a vigorous response.

Instead, apparently viewing the cause as a righteous one, Democratic prosecutors at the federal, state, and local levels have been scandalously soft on the many crimes committed in the course of those riots and protests. Large numbers of offenders were let off scot-free by progressive prosecutors; even those whose crimes caused death have been given sentences no longer than ten years. In so doing, the progressive district attorneys and the Justice Department have imperiled public safety in our cities and undermined public confidence in the even-handed administration of law. It is unsurprising that urban crime and violence have spiked in many cities after the law failed to restore order or punish criminality.

Report Reveals Shocking Double Standards For Bringing U.S. Rioters To Justice (July 29, 2021)


Outcome of Proud Boys Trial Could Decide Trump’s Fate (April 28, 2023)

Oath Keepers founder predicts Trump is next big political figure to face prosecution: (Dec. 29, 2022)

Rhodes has said his group was in D.C. on Jan. 6, 2021, to provide security for the pro-Trump rallies and that he did not enter the Capitol nor did he direct anyone to do so. He stressed that he has never spoken with Trump or his associates,
“They’re going to do the exact same thing to President Trump,” Rhodes told the outlet. “That’s my prediction. They’re going to prosecute Trump.”
Rhodes said that if the Justice Department prosecutes Trump, “of course, a D.C. jury will find him guilty. … What kind of fair trial are you going to get in a politically charged environment like Washington, D.C.?”

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FBI Warrantless Searches: Jan 6 (23,500+) vs. BLM/Antifa Riots (789) per FISA Court Judge

Posted by FactReal on May 24, 2023

A court document from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) that was unsealed last Friday shows the FBI conducted searches without warrants over 278,000 times.

Among those targeted: January 6th, BLM/Antifa rioters, political donors, homicide victims.

Interesting: According to the document written by a FISA judge, the FBI run over 23,500 warrantless queries of Jan. 6 suspects while only 789 queries for BLM/Antifa rioters.

FBI warrantless queries: Jan. 6 vs. BLM/Antifa and others
The court document lists these FBI queries misusing the FISA Section 702 database:

  • 23,500+ queries for the January 6 Capitol breach (23,132+13*+2+260+5+1+2)
  • 789 queries for Antifa/BLM riots of 2020 (133 + 656)
  • 19,000 queries for a political candidate
  • ?? for police homicide reports

(* “The analyst said she ran the queries to determine whether these individuals had foreign ties, and indicated she had run “thousands of names within FBI systems in relation to the Capitol breach investigation”” [Page 28])

“An April 2022 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) opinion described these abuses, noting that the employee who ran the queries after Jan. 6 did so “to find evidence of possible foreign influence, although the analyst conducting the queries had no indications of foreign influence related to the query term used,” reported Daily Caller.

The FBI was able to do this by misusing the Foreign Intelligence Service Act (FISA) Section 702, a powerful surveillance tool. The FISA court oversees Section 702. (See explainer below)


Court opinion written by Judge Rudolph Contreras, Presiding Judge, U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC)
Doc: FISC Memorandum Opinion and Order, April 21, 2022
PDF via Washington Post (Archive)
Dated: April 21, 2022
Unsealed: May 19, 2023 per WaPo

DETAILS OF FBI WARRANTLESS QUERIES [Emphasis and page numbers added]
“Based on OIA’s audit and NSD’s follow-on-examination, the government reported in excess of 278,000 non-compliant FBI queries of raw FISA-acquired information.” [Page 31]
[OIA = FBI’s Office of Internal Auditing. NSD = National Security Division – Dept. of Justice]

[REDACTED] conducted three batch queries consisting of approximately 23,132 separate queries, using presumed U.S.-person query terms provided by [REDACTED] that [REDACTED] was being used by a group involved in the January 6 Capitol breach. The queries were run against unminimized Section 702 information to find evidence of possible foreign influence, although the analyst conducting the queries had no indications of foreign influence related to the query terms used. NSD assessed there was no specific factual basis to believe the queries were reasonably likely to retrieve foreign intelligence information or evidence of crime from Section 702 information. [Page 29]

An analyst [REDACTED] ran 13 queries of individuals suspected of involvement in the January 6, 2021 Capitol breach. The analyst said she ran the queries to determine whether these individuals had foreign ties, and indicated she had run “thousands of names within FBI systems in relation to the Capitol breach investigation” and did not remember why she ran these 13 queries on raw FISA information. NSD concluded the queries were not reasonably likely to retrieve foreign intelligence information or evidence of crime. [Page 28]

[REDACTED] officer ran two queries for a person under investigation for assaulting a federal officer in connection with the Capitol breach. The officer could not recall why he queried raw FISA information…NSD assessed that these queries were not reasonably likely to retrieve foreign intelligence information or evidence of crime. [Page 28]

[REDACTED] conducted 360 queries in connection with domestic drug and gang investigations, domestic terrorism investigations, and the Capitol breach. [REDACTED] provided no information to support a reasonable basis to believe foreign intelligence information or evidence of a crime would likely be returned. NSD assessed the queries did not meet the querying standard. [Page 29]

[REDACTED] ran five queries of individuals involved in the Capitol breach after being instructed to provide a “full workup on terms related to Capitol Breach leads to verify whether individuals involved… were acting at the direction of a foreign power or a member of a foreign terrorist organization. (…) NSD assessed that the queries were not reasonably likely to retrieve foreign intelligence information or evidence of a crime from FISA information. [Page 29]

More Jan. 6 queries:

[T]he government has recently reported violations of Section 702(f)(2), which also relate to the January 6 breach of the Capitol. Specifically:
“On June 11, 2021, the FBI queried unminimized Section 702-acquired information using the name of someone then believed to have been present at the breaching of the Capitol and who was the subject of an open predicated criminal investigation relating to that event. FBI personnel accessed contents information retrieved by the query without obtaining a FISC order under [section] 702(f)(2). The retrieved information was not used for any analytical, investigative or evidentiary purpose. [Page 33]

On January 17, 2021, an analyst conducted a query using an identifier for a presumed U.S. person thought to have been present at the January 6 Capitol breach. The analyst reviewed the contents of an email retrieved by the query, but determined it was not pertinent…On the facts provided, this query also appears to have violated the “reasonably likely to retrieve” standard. [Pages 33-34]

Similar circumstances were reported for two other queries conducted in response to a lead sent by a field office that had a predicated criminal investigation opened relating to the breach of the U.S. Capitol. Those queries returned Section 702-acquired contents, which were accessed but not used for any further analytical, investigative or evidentiary purpose. NSD assessed that these queries were not designed to find and extract foreign intelligence information, although each person running the queries believed that the U.S. Capitol breach implicated national security, and the field office that sent the leads also had a separate predicated investigation concerning possible foreign malign influence of the Capitol breach. [Page 34]


[REDACTED] ran a batch query of unminimized FISA information in June 2020, using identifiers of 133 individuals arrested “in connection with civil unrest and protests between approximately May 30, and June 18, 2020.” [during the Antifa/BLM riots of 2020] (…) NSD assessed that the queries were not reasonably likely to retrieve foreign intelligence information or evidence of a crime. [Page 27]

During June 11-15, 2020 [REDACTED] analyst conducted 656 queries of unminimized FISA information using identifiers [REDACTED] in the United States who were [REDACTED] thought to be of particular interest to the [REDACTED] (…) NSD concluded that these queries “were not reasonably likely to retrieve foreign intelligence information or evidence of a crime. [Pages 27-28]


Between late 2016 and early 2020, the FBI’s [REDACTED] regularly queried unminimized FISA information using identifiers of individuals listed in local police homicide reports, including victims, next-of-kin, witnesses, and suspects. (…) NSD [National Security Division – Dept. of Justice] found these queries to have violated the querying standard because there was no reasonable basis to expect they would return foreign intelligence or evidence of crime. [Pages 26-27]


[REDACTED] conducted a batch query for over 19,000 donors to a congressional campaign. The analyst who ran the query advised that the campaign was a target of foreign influence, but NSD determined that only eight identifiers used in the query had sufficient ties to foreign influence activities to comply with the querying standard. [Page 29]

– OIA = FBI’s Office of Internal Auditing
– NSD = National Security Division – Dept. of Justice
– FISA = Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
– FISC = Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court
– IC = Intelligence Community (per Intel.gov| Archive)

– Section 702 of FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act):
Per The Washington Post:

The Section 702 database is a vast trove of electronic communications and other information that can be searched by the National Security Agency and the FBI. The FBI is authorized to search the database only when agents have reason to believe that such a search will produce information relevant to foreign intelligence purposes, or evidence of crimes.

Built in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the database is seen by U.S. officials as one of the prize jewels of the national security apparatus. Its primary purpose is targeting foreign intelligence or terrorism information. But the sweeping nature of the information in the database has long worried civil rights advocates, who argue that the government has proved it cannot be trusted to use the system carefully.

Per the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) (Archive)

Section 702 is a key provision of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 that permits the government to conduct targeted surveillance of foreign persons located outside the United States, with the compelled assistance of electronic communication service providers, to acquire foreign intelligence information.


More from Intel.gov (Archive)

– Raw Section 702:
Per The Washington Post:
“Raw Section 702 information generally means electronic communications, such as emails or other digital messages, that have not been processed or filtered first to see if they meet the criteria of foreign intelligence information or evidence of a crime.”

– Section 702 set to expire this year:
Per Daily Caller:

Section 702 is set to expire at the end of 2023 unless Congress chooses to renew it, as it did in 2018. The Biden administration has expressed support for reauthorizing Section 702.


– The Washington Post: FBI misused surveillance tool on Jan. 6 suspects, BLM arrestees and others (Archive) (May 19, 2023)

– Daily Caller: FBI Repeatedly Abused Surveillance Tool To Spy On Americans In Wake Of Jan. 6, Newly Unsealed Court Doc Reveals (May 19, 2023)

– Kristina Wong from Breitbart: FBI Misused Surveillance Powers Nearly 300,000 Times in 2 Years, Unsealed Court Document Says


– Daily Caller: FBI Agents Misused FISA Data To Surveil ‘Political Party,’ US Congressman, Audit Finds (Feb. 13, 2023)
[READ Report]

– NewsBusters.org: FBI Conducted Millions of Data Searches Without a Warrant: Report (May 1, 2022)

The Wall Street Journal on April 29 reported that “as many as 3.4 million searches” of data occurred.

The FBI reportedly conducted these searches without warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Service Act (FISA), which governs foreign intelligence gathering in the name of protecting national security. This section of the controversial law was renewed in 2018 and is set to expire next year.


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LEVIN: Biden Lies about the U.S. Debt & 14th Amendment (Video, Summary)

Posted by FactReal on May 22, 2023

Using the U.S. Constitution, constitutional lawyer Mark Levin explained yesterday on his TV show the rules for dealing with the U.S. debt. He also cited numerous lies coming from Joe Biden and the Democrats about the debt ceiling negotiations and their new invention of using the 14th Amendment to circumvent the power of Congress.

LEVIN: “The big lie this week is over the federal debt and whether we are going to default and we are getting an incredible amount of demagogic propaganda from the White House, from [Joe Biden] and his press secretary as well as the Democrats.”

Why is this important?
LEVIN: “I want to break this down for you, because it will determine the state of our economy in the weeks, months, years ahead.”

Below the video are highlights of what Mark Levin said.

Video via Mark Levin Show on Rumble: Biden Serial Liar


The Framers of the Constitution gave the powers to Congress, specifically the House of Representatives:
LEVIN: “First of all, we need to look at the Constitution… Who is responsible for spending and borrowing and raising taxes? The President? Obviously, not.”
Article 1, Section 8, Clause 1 of the U.S. Constitution:

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States

LEVIN: “The first part of that – it is not a suggestion. It is not ambiguous. This is a core power that the Legislature has.” “[T]he Framers of your Constitution… wanted this power not to be with the King, that is, not to be with this Presidency that they’ve created or this Executive Branch. (They’re supposed to execute the laws passed by Congress.) They [the Framers] wanted to give this power (and they did) to Congress. Even more specifically, they wanted to give it to the people who are directly elected in Congress. (The Senate at that time was chosen by the State Legislatures.) The House was chosen by the people. So, you – we the people – have some say so over the finances of our country…This is explicit…This is a primary core duty of the Congress, specifically of the House of Representatives.”

Duties of the Executive Branch, the President:
Article 2, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution:

“…he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed”

LEVIN: “The faithful execution of the laws passed by Congress. He took an oath during his inauguration – Biden did – to uphold the laws – even if you disagree with the laws. But Biden doesn’t comprehend this or he doesn’t care.”

Biden violates:
– Our immigration laws
– Title IX
– The spending clause

Democrats want:
– to stuff the Supreme Court with more leftists so they can do whatever they want to do.
– to eliminate the filibuster rule so if they have a majority, they can ram through whatever law they want.
– to add Puerto Rico and DC as states so they can have more Democrats.
– to change the election laws so they never lose.

Putting it all together:
LEVIN: “So, again, Article II, Section 3, “he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” So when you put that section together – as the Framers did – with Article I, who is responsible for land taxes, collecting taxes, spending and borrowing? Congress. Is the job of the President of the United States to protect Congress’ roll.”

The 14th Amendment has nothing to do with spending and borrowing as Biden and Democrats are claiming. The 14th Amendment was drafted to clean up the finances of the Civil War:
LEVIN: “Joe Biden and his advisors, some of these loony professors … say Section 4 of the 14th Amendment (which was ratified on July 9, 1868) – that the people who ratified that and the people who drafted it intended for the President of the United State to have the power to go around Congress’ core function under Article I and if he wants to spend and if he wants to borrow and if he wants to tax, he is free to do so.” “[T]heir argument… is so preposterous.”

Amendment 14, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution:

The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.

LEVIN: “What was the point of this section? To clean up the finances of the United States of America and determine as a general matter who would be paid and who wouldn’t be paid after and as the result of the Civil War. This has nothing to do with the full faith and credit of the United States today.”

LEVIN: “In other words, what they are saying is, look, as a federal government, as a union now, these are the debts we are going to pay: services to suppressing the confederacy. But we are not going to pay anything – not one nickel – in support of the confederacy.”

So far in 2023 as of April: [Source: U.S. Dept. of Treasury Fiscal Data]
– Federal government revenue: $2.69 trillion
– Federal government spending: $3.61 trillion
– U.S. National Debt as of April 2023: $31.46 trillion
– In 2022 the federal government collected: $4.90 trillion
– In 2022 the federal government spent: $6.27 trillion
– In 2022 the federal government added: $1.38 trillion in debt

BIDEN DEBT INCREASE PROJECTIONS [Source: U.S. Senate Budget Committee – March 2023]
– Between 2021 and 2031, the debt will be $6 trillion higher than was projected when Biden took office.
– Between 2024 and 2033, interest costs from borrowing will total a staggering $10.2 trillion.
– The Biden Budget would increase debt held by the public from $32.7 trillion in 2023 to $50.7 trillion by 2033.

Lefty fact-checkers say Biden didn’t cut the federal deficit by $1.7 trillion
LEVIN: Biden says “that he cut the federal deficit by $1.7 trillion. Every single fact-checker (they are all on the Left) say that’s a lie. He [Biden] didn’t cut the deficit by $1.7 trillion – that’s the reduction as a result of the COVID spending.”

FactCheck.org (a left-wing site):

All said, the decline in the deficit over the past fiscal year is more than entirely the result of waning COVID relief and not of historic deficit reduction by President Biden as the White House claims,” CRFB wrote.

Republicans are proposing a very modest cut to spending.

Biden says that social security checks would stop.

Social Security doesn’t need Congress to authorize funds for each year:

Instead, Social Security benefits are considered mandatory spending and are paid from the program’s trust fund, and therefore, the agency has the funds to continue paying benefits.”

[Source: LBJlegal.com, ‘Is Social Security Affected by a Government Shutdown or Default?]

Medicare has its own trust fund. It will pay physicians and hospitals out of the trust fund:

Medicare continued to pay physicians and hospitals during the shutdown, and the ability to reimburse providers and plans was never in question, because claims are paid

[Source: GHG Advisors: ‘New Conventional Wisdom: A Government Shutdown and New Debt Crisis are Gonna Happen,’ Sept. 20, 2013]

Government agencies that won’t shut down as a matter of federal law:
They can be affected by a prolonged government shutdown [but federal employees continue to work according to Veteran.com]
– Federal Bureau of Investigation
– Federal Bureau of Prisons
– Drug Enforcement Agency
– Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, And Firearms
– Department of Homeland Security
– Customs And Border Protection
– Transportation Security Administration
– Department of Defense
[Source: Veteran.com, December 1, 2021]

LEVIN: “Medicare, Social Security, the VA [Veterans Administration] are protected. The military [is also] protected.”

More Biden Lies:
– In 1975, Joe Biden introduced a bill that would have required new legislation every 4 to 6 years to re-authorize Social Security and Medicare.
– In 1995, Biden did the same thing: He introduced a motion on the floor of the Senate to do exactly the same thing.
– Today, Biden accuses Republicans of trying to cut Medicare and Social Security benefits.

Joe Biden, a segregationist:
– Biden opposed integration in our public schools. Then Biden lectures Americans about white supremacy being the greatest danger we face.
– Here we have a man [Joe Biden], who is a throwback of the segregation period, warning all of us that tens of millions of Americans – we are just like him. But we are nothing like him.
– He is, in my view, a serial, serial liar. To have a serial liar in the White House is a dangerous thing.
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