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Trump threatens crackdown on monument protesters

President Trump Tuesday morning threatened to assert a section of the U.S. code imposing penalties of up to 10 years in prison in response to defacement of statues on public property.

In the tweets, the president said he had “authorized the Federal Government to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or other such Federal property in the U.S.” under the existing statute, which states anyone who “willfully injures or destroys, or attempts to injure or destroy, any structure, plaque, statue, or other monument on public property commemorating the service of any person or persons in the armed forces of the United States [on federal property] shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both.”

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