Secret Service responds to reports that reporters were ordered to leave White House while protests took place nearby, says '4 members of the media were misdirected by the Secret Service' to leave.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 22: The U.S. Park Police keep protesters away after trying to tear down the Andrew Jackson statue in Lafayette Square near the White House on June 22, 2020 in Washington, DC. Protests against the death of African Americans in police custody continue throughout the country.
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The U.S. secret service has told reporters to leave the White House on Monday night, CNN reported.
CNN's Kaitlan Collins said no reason was given.
"It's actually incredibly unusual," she said.
The Secret Service made a statement to Yahoo News Hunter Walker, saying that "four Secret Service media officials were misled to leave the White House premises. Press officials were redirected to exits on the south side of the complex to theirs own security. "
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Reporters were asked to leave the White House compound on Monday evening after police previously pushed protesters back to nearby Lafayette Square, CNN reported.
According to CNN's Kaitlan Collins, the U.S. intelligence agency gave journalists no reason to request the request.
"It's actually incredibly unusual," she said to CNN presenter Anderson Cooper. "This is so rare," Collins continued, adding, "I don't think that has ever happened," since she started reporting on the White House.
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The Secret Service made a statement to Yahoo News Hunter Walker, saying that "four Secret Service media officials were misled to leave the White House premises. Press officials were redirected to exits on the south side of the complex to theirs own security. "
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A spokesman for the intelligence agency said to me that they were "investigating allegations that some media representatives were asked to leave the White House complex on Monday evening during the demonstration activity."
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And now, during the Monday evening protests, a spokesman for the intelligence agency sent me an updated statement saying, "Four media officials were misled by the intelligence agency to leave the White House compound."
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Before the evacuation, some protesters attempted to tear down a statue of former US President Andrew Jackson, which triggered a confrontation with the US Park Police and DC, who used batons and pepper spray to disperse the crowd.
A sign at the protest declared the area "Black House Autonomous Zone", a reference to a Seattle protest site.
"Protesters threw things at the police when they retreated, and officials pushed people into close combat," the Washington Post reported.
A White House spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment.
On Twitter, President Donald Trump lamented "the shameful vandalism of the magnificent statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Park".
This seemed to indicate that someone was writing "murderer" on the statue.
Among other things, Jackson was responsible for the "trail of tears" when tens of thousands of indigenous people were violently removed from their country and marched west of the Mississippi to make room for white settlers. Thousands died on the way.
"Jacksonian Democracy ... was concerned with expanding white supremacy on the North American continent," historian Anthony Wallace wrote in a book about the seventh US president, Vox noted.
Trump has compared himself to Jackson, who claims to have "had a big heart".
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