Maj. Adam DeMarco, an Iraq war veteran who currently serves in the District of Columbia National Guard, will testify on Tuesday before a House panel investigating the clash, giving the latest account of how Park Police and Secret Service officers violently cleared protesters away from the White House. He intends to testify that the harsh actions were taken without provocation or adequate warning just before President Trump walked through the area with senior administration officials to stage a photo event in front of a historic church.
“From my observation, those demonstrators — our fellow American citizens — were engaged in the peaceful expression of their First Amendment rights,” Major DeMarco will say, according to the advance text of his remarks. “Yet they were subjected to an unprovoked escalation and excessive use of force.”
The question, now, is will Donald Trump find a way to retaliate against another American military officer, just as he did with Lt. Col Vindman?