On the same day President Donald Trump issued an executive order to crack down on vandals destroying statues and monuments that are part of America’s heritage, the Justice Department filed charges against four men in connection with an effort to topple a statue of former President Andrew Jackson.
Trump on Friday had also tweeted a composite of 15 individuals sought by the FBI after last Monday’s attempt to take down the statue of Jackson that stands in Lafayette Square across from the White House in Washington, D.C.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2020
According to a Saturday news release from the Justice Department, the four men facing charges are Lee Michael Cantrell, 47, of Virginia; Connor Matthew Judd, 20, of D.C.; Ryan Lane, 37, of Maryland; and Graham Lloyd, 37, of Maine.
They were charged with destruction of federal property, said Acting U.S. Attorney Michael R. Sherwin, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office’s Criminal Division James A. Dawson, and Acting Chief of the United States Park Police Gregory T. Monahan.