FBI, DHS warn of increase in threats to federal law enforcement officials after Mar-a-Lago search: reports
The FBI along with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warned in a joint bulletin that there is an increase in threats to federal law enforcement officials following the FBI search of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence last week.
In a Friday bulletin, the agencies said potential threats to law enforcement come from social media sites, web forums, video-sharing platforms and image boards, according to NBC News, citing unidentified sources.
The agencies also warned of a potential “dirty bomb” threat to FBI headquarters and other threats that called for a “civil war” and “armed insurgency” in the country, adding that those threats could target specific “targets, tactics and weapons.” include”. .”
The bulletin indicates that DHS has identified “multiple articulated threats”and calls for the targeted killing of judicial, law enforcement and government officials involved in the Palm Beach search, including the federal judge who approved the Palm Beach search warrant.”
It also warned that certain personal information such as addresses and the identification of agents’ relatives had been shared online.
The joint bulletin also noted that domestic extremists could view the November midterm elections as a time to escalate threats.
The FBI conducted a search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence last week, where authorities obtained 11 sets of classified documents that Trump had taken from the White House.
Recently, an armed suspect, Ricky Shiffer, was murdered by authorities after attempting to break into the FBI’s field office in Cincinnati, Ohio.
In a statement regarding reports from the special bulletin, the FBI told The Hill it would continue to work closely with law enforcement to respond to any type of threat.
“The FBI is always concerned about violence and threats of violence against law enforcement, including the men and women of the FBI. We are working closely with our law enforcement partners to assess and respond to such threats, which are reprehensible and dangerous,” the agency said. “As always, we would like to remind the public that if they see anything suspicious they should report it to the police immediately.”
The Hill has contacted DHS for comment.