Man Sets Himself on Fire Near White House Lawn, Secret Service Rushes to Scene
Shocking footage show man engulfed by flames following Mueller announcement
Shocking footage of a man who set himself on fire near the White House lawn has emerged as Secret Service agents scrambled to the scene.
The footage was posted by an unidentified individual who was passing by, with the Washington Monument in the background and less than a mile from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Justs seconds later, staff ran towards the man with fire extinguishers.
The condition of the man is not currently known, but he is believed to be at a nearby hospital.
Over 70 officer descended on the area from various agencies, as several tourists and visitors were in the vicinity when the event took place.
According to the DailyMail: A spokesman for the Washington Fire Department told CNBC: 'I can confirm that we’ve transported one patient with burns from the Ellipse and we’re now on the scene assisting law enforcement.'
President's Park Police and U.S. Secret Service officers also assisted at the scene to try and establish what happened in Washington D.C.
The Secret Service had no comment other than referring to the agency’s tweet about the incident when contacted by CNBC.
White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said he could not immediately comment.
In a tweet, the U.S. Secret Service said: 'At approximately 12:20 p.m. a man lit himself on fire on the Ellipse near 15th and Constitution Ave., Secret Service personnel are on scene assisting and in rendering first aid.'
The Ellipse is a 52-acre park located south of the White House fence and north of Constitution Avenue and the National Mall.
The saddest thing I’ve ever seen. A person set themselves on fire in the park at the south lawn of the Whitehouse. Please pray for their soul pic.twitter.com/OjTL0kGWa7— patlangs (@LangsPat) May 29, 2019
It is sometimes referred to as President's Park South and features various monuments as well as hosting formal events.
The incident comes just hours after Special Counsel Robert Mueller told the country in a dramatic statement that it was 'not an option' for his office to have charged President Trump with an obstruction crime and that it would be 'inappropriate' for him to speak further about his probe of Russian election interference.
In a public statement, he said he would likely be his only one, Mueller restated parts of his 448-report – including the controversial decision not to charge Trump with a crime.
The president has repeatedly cited the report – and his own attorney general's decision not to charge him – as proof that there was 'no obstruction.'
But Mueller, in his sudden statement delivered with little public notification, said his decision rested on Justice Department policy – not on the guilt or innocence of President Trump.
That did not stop Trump from tweeting immediately after Mueller's remarks that the case against him was 'closed.'
'Nothing changes from the Mueller Report. There was insufficient evidence, and therefore, in our Country, a person is innocent. The case is closed! Thank you,' Trump wrote.
Charging Trump as such would have been 'unconstitutional,' Mueller said – making a technical legal point that nevertheless contradicts President Trump's repeated claims that he has been effectively ruled innocent by the special counsel.