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    Igor Derysh June 28, 2020 9:00AM (UTC) Multiple government watchdog groups have called for an investigation after a Mexican company received rapid approval on a multi-million-dollar mining contract in Colorado shortly after it expressed support for President Donald Trump's border wall. Days after Trump's election in 2016, Enrique Escalante, the chief executive of Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua (GCC), told Reuters that the company was "ready to lend its services" to build the border wall which the president promised during his campaigned. : "For the business we're in, Trump is a candidate that does favor the industry quite a bit," he told the outlet. The announcement drew headlines around the world as outlets seized on the idea of a Mexican firm helping to build the...
              The U.S. Department of the Interior released new footage this week of violent riots outside the White House in Lafayette Square. President Donald Trump has faced criticism for his decision to clear protesters out of the square on June 1 before he took photos with members of his administration in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church. A group of House Democrats asked four federal agencies to explain the decision to disperse protesters from the square. In response, the Department of the Interior released new footage this week of aggressive clashes between agitators and law enforcement officers. In a press release, the agency said all of the footage was recorded prior to June 1....
    The U.S. Park Police clashed with rioters in Lafayette Square outside of the White House late in May, according to video footage. The U.S. Department of the Interior released the footage titled “US Park Police Assaulted During Violent Protest in Lafayette Park” on Wednesday. Protests have been occurring in the wake of the death of George Floyd, who died May 25 in Minneapolis police custody. WATCH: “The video shows agitators throwing bricks, glass, bottles, and other assaults against law enforcement officers,” a statement released by the Department of the Interior said. “More than 60 US Park Police officers have been injured since these protests started, some hospitalized requiring surgeries.” President Donald Trump walked through Lafayette Square on June 1...
    The Interior Department’s Office of the Inspector General is reportedly probing the actions of Park Police earlier this month when demonstrators were removed from a park near the White House prior to President Trump’s walk to a nearby church. A spokesperson for the internal watchdog told the Hill on Monday that it is looking into the Park Police's actions during the incident, which included the use of smoke canisters and pepper balls to drive protesters from Lafayette Square, which is located next to the White House. “Given the significance of the events, we have already begun collecting and reviewing information,” the spokesperson said. “After we make an initial determination of which agency had command and control of the...
    An Interior Department watchdog office will investigate law enforcement and security forces’ violent clearing of protesters from a square in front of the White House earlier this month. The Interior Department’s U.S. Park Police and other forces released chemical agents and at times punched and clubbed a largely peaceful of crowd of demonstrators to drive the public from Lafayette Square on June 1, during nationwide protests over the police killing of George Floyd. Three Democratic lawmakers — Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Reps. Raul Grijalva of Arizona and Debra Haaland of New Mexico — had asked Interior Department Inspector General Mark Lee Greenblatt to investigate the actions that night of the Park Police, who oversee some of the nation’s...