Civil Rights Groups, Black Lives Matter Sue Trump Administration Over Protest Violence

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Trump claims that he fired Mattis and asked for his resignation, two points that Kelly refuted in an interview with The Washington Post, during which he suggested the president might be "confused" and called Mattis an "honorable man".

Lisa Murkowski's comments marked a major break with Trump within the Republican camp, which has largely held together through various crises including his impeachment process and the president's current threat to use military force against protesters. In their lawsuit, the rights groups have accused Trump and other White House officials of violating the constitutional rights of the protestors, the Guardian reported. That includes nearly 1,300 members of the D.C. National Guard and another 3,300 Guard troops from Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, New Jersey, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah, the Guard said. It seeks an order barring officials, including Barr and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper from repeating the unlawful activities, and damages for the injuries plaintiffs sustained. Other military leaders soon followed. He also said the United States "will be designating Antifa as a Terrorist Organization", which he can't do because the country has no law allowing him to do so. Trump hinted that he might invoke the act in response to civil unrest surrounding the death of African-American citizen George Floyd.

Meanwhile, Mayor Muriel Bowser has called on Trump to "withdraw all extraordinary federal law enforcement and military presence from our city".

Murkowski's remarks reflected the choice Republicans are forced to make about whether, and for how long, to support Trump when his words and actions so often conflict with their values and goals. Some of those officers have said they were told to say only that they work for the federal government or the Department of Justice. "It is precisely such domination - in the form of centuries of white supremacy and subjugation of Black lives - that was the core focus of the peaceful demonstration in Lafayette Square".

The letter was reportedly penned by former Trump lawyer John Dowd to former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

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Mayor Keller said the city stands with those who are calling for justice. "It goes a lot further than that". The officers then knelt with the assembled protesters for a moment of prayer.

On Monday Trump threatened to send active duty U.S. troops to stamp out civil unrest gripping several cities, against the wishes of state governors - alarming current and former military officials who fear dissent in the ranks and lasting damage to the USA military itself, one of America's most revered and well-funded institutions. "This is the first of many lawsuits the ACLU intends to file across the country in response to police brutality against protesters", Wizner added.

The Rev. Mariann Budde, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, said that she was "outraged" by Trump's visit and noted that he didn't pray while visiting the landmark, which has been visited by sitting presidents since the early 19th century.

Bishop Budde, who has jurisdiction over the church, said Trump desecrated holy ground with his presence.

He dismissed the images of Trump holding a bible as a "photo op", noting it caused authorities to clear protesters around the White House so he could travel to it. He did not offer a word of balm or condolence to those who are grieving.

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