According to NBC News, a set of talking points sent to Homeland Security officials instructed him to say that Rittenhouse “Carried his rifle to the scene of the riot to help protect small business owners.”
An additional document with Talking Points told officials that the news outlets improperly labeled the anti-government Patriot prayer group after a clash with protesters in Portland, Ore.
NBC News reported that it is not clear from the documents if spoken to the White House or the DHS press office.
Officials say Rittenhouse, who previously voiced her support President TrumpDonald John Trumptrump signs bill to close on average after brief funding lapses, privacy, civil rights groups demand transparency from Amazon over election data breaches Facebook takes down Trump campaign ads to tie refugees to coronovirus goes And police on social media, with AR-15 rifle, Antioch, IL. I traveled to Kenosha from my home.
The 17-year-old then allegedly shot three people protesting in Kenosha after the police shooting of 29-year-old black man Jacob Jack. Retainhouse Has since been held without bail In Lake County’s Juvenile Detention Facility faces further charges, including first-degree intentional murder in the deaths of two protesters.
Four former DHS officials told NBC News that the instructions on how law enforcement officers should be weighed in an unresolved case are particularly unusual.
“It is as unprecedented as it is wrong,” Peter Boogaard, a DHS spokesman during the Obama administration, told BBC News.
Elizabeth Newman, Trump’s former DHS assistant secretary for threat prevention and security policy, said the reported report showed security officials were “more interested in Rittenhouse’s reputation than calling for calm and genuine law and order.” ”
Trump left the administration in April and has since supported the Democratic presidential nominee. Joe BidenJoe Bidenpoity, civil rights group from Amazon seeking transparency on electoral data breaches. Facebook has taken down advertisements for the Trump campaign giving refugees refugees in coronoviruses. The Trump mob ‘locked up’ about Omar, as the President of Refugees in Minnesota warns.. In An interview with NPR last monthFormer DHS officer accused the president Of “throwing fuel on fire” of far-reaching extremism.
Hill reached out to DHS for comment, but did not immediately hear back.
When contacted about the talking points obtained by NBC News, a DHS spokesman said that the agency “Does not comment on allegedly leaked documents.”
By Tuesday, Christian crowdfunding website GiveSendGo Had raised over $ 520,000 to help pay for RetainhouseLegal fees. Page said the teenager “He is being wrongly accused of murder “and that Rittenhouse acted in” self-defense. ”