With the White House in the background, demonstrators protest, Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Washington, over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
UPDATED 5:30 PM PT — Thursday, June 4, 2020
House Democrats are hoping to appoint another special prosecutor to investigate President Trump over the latest riots in Washington. Around 80 Democrats cosigned a letter to the Justice Department on Thursday, which requested a probe into the president’s handling of rioters and looters outside of the White House.
Congressmen David Cicilline and Bill Pascrell Jr. claimed the police used tear gas to break up what they called peaceful protests. Officials have confirmed no tear gas was used against non-violent protesters.
President Donald Trump walks past police in Lafayette Park after he visited outside St. John’s Church across from the White House Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
According to Attorney General William Barr, far-left groups were inciting the violence, which triggered a police response.
“There were projectiles being thrown, and the group was becoming increasingly unruly,” he stated. “They were asked three times if they would move back one block, they refused.”
Democrats have called for Barr to resign as they continue to try and blame President Trump and his administration for the latest tensions.