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Protesters behind a fence at the White House. Thousands march in Washington, D.C., protesting police brutality and the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota at the hands of local police on June 6, 2020. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

A second federal lawsuit was filed Thursday against President Donald Trump, Attorney General William Barr and other members of his administration over the clearing of protesters in Lafayette Square earlier this month so the president could attend a photo-op at a nearby church.

The incident, in which officers used tear gas and rubber bullets to clear the peaceful crowd on June 1, has been widely condemned by attorneys and former Justice Department officials, and administration officials have also sought to distance themselves from the event in recent days.

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Jacqueline Thomsen

Jacqueline Thomsen, based in Washington, is a reporter covering D.C. federal courts and the legal side of politics. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @jacq_thomsen.

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