FBI, DHS warn U.S. law enforcement of Increased Threats Following Trump Residence Search
By Ahmed Fathi
Following a search of former President Donald Trump's Florida property last week, the FBI and DHS warned law enforcement agencies of an increase in threats.
DHS said it delivered a threat advisory on Friday but declined to share it. CNN, NBC, and CBS covered the bulletin.
"The FBI and DHS have observed an increase in threats to federal law enforcement and, to a lesser extent, other law enforcement and government officials following the FBI's recent execution of a search warrant in Palm Beach, Florida," the warning added.
CBS stated that the document cited a threat to detonate a "dirty bomb" outside FBI headquarters and calls for "civil war" and "armed rebellion." U.S. agencies have identified "multiple articulated threats and calls for the targeted killing of judicial, law enforcement, and government officials associated with the Palm Beach search, including the federal judge who approved the Palm Beach search warrant." including the judge who approved the warrant. The bulletin claimed most threats are online.
The warrant released Friday after the rare search on Monday stated that Republican Trump possessed 11 sets of secret information at his residence and that the Justice Department had probable cause to look for Espionage Act breaches.
Republicans demanded the FBI's reason for seizing the records on Sunday. Trump, his allies, some Republicans in Congress, and many conservative pundits have expressed fury at the FBI and personnel involved in the Trump probe and warned their fans that the FBI will pursue them next.
Some Trump allies have called the FBI the "Gestapo," and accused it of being politically motivated.
Police shot and killed an armed man who tried to break into the FBI building in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Thursday. "The FBI is always concerned about violence and threats of violence to law enforcement." the FBI said Sunday.
Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL CEO, tweeted "This DHS/FBI bulletin is impressive. Right-wing politicians and commentators have demonized law enforcement with foolish, provocative speech."