House Democrats call for inspector general probe into use of federal agents in Portland - 2020-07-19

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F0.png House Democrats call for inspector general probe into use of federal agents in Portland July 19, 2020, Rashaan Ayesh, Axios

The chairs of the House Oversight, Judiciary and Homeland Security committees on Sunday called on the inspectors general of the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security to open an investigation into the Trump administration's use of federal agents against protesters in Portland, Oregon.

Why it matters: The House Democrats say the agencies "appear to have increasingly abused emergency authorities to justify the use of force against Americans exercising their right to peaceful assembly," pointing to reports of unidentified federal agents arbitrarily detaining protesters in unmarked vans.

President Trump and acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf have defended the use of federal law enforcement, claiming that violent anarchists have overtaken the city and defaced federal property.

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{{cite news | first = Rashaan | last = Ayesh | title = House Democrats call for inspector general probe into use of federal agents in Portland | url = https://www.axios.com/portland-federal-agents-inspector-general-25cdde1f-96c2-47df-96d8-d6dfb17cbcb1.html | work = Axios | date = July 19, 2020 | accessdate = July 20, 2020 }}