BREAKING: Defense Secretary says he does NOT support invoking Insurrection Act – [UPDATE: Levin weighs in]

Defense Secretary Mark Esper held a press conference this morning saying that he does not support invoking the Insurrection Act:

To my knowledge I don’t believe Trump is suggesting we should invoke the Insurrection Act, so I don’t think this is in contradiction of the President.

It was an odd press conference though, as Esper explained ‘his side’ of what happened with regard to Trump’s walk through Lafayette Park to St. John’s Church. He started by confirming that neither tear gas nor rubber bullets were used to remove people from Lafayette Park, unlike what the media reported:

Then he noted that he didn’t know “exactly where we were going when we arrived at the church and what the plans were once we got there.”

What he’s saying here is that he didn’t know there would be a photo op at the church and that he really tries to stay out of politics:

Those are the major headlines and if you want more, you can watch his full press conference below:

UPDATE: Mark Levin gives a few observations from Esper’s presser:

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