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FBI, DHS Warn of Increased Protests, Threats After Trump Search

The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are warning of a surge in threats to federal law enforcement after the search of former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence, Axios reports The federal agencies confirmed that they issued an unclassified joint intelligence bulletin about the threats. Since the FBI searched Trump's Florida residence last Monday, according to the bulletin, threats have been coming in "primarily online and across multiple platforms," various outlets reported. The FBI and DHS "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," the bulletin said.


The agencies "observed an increase in violent threats posted on social media against federal officials and facilities," the agencies said. These include "a threat to place a so-called dirty bomb in front of FBI Headquarters and issuing general calls for 'civil war' and 'armed rebellion,'" which included threats "specific in identifying proposed targets, tactics, or weaponry," the bulletin added. FBI director Christopher Wray spoke out against threats to law enforcement after the Trump residence search, one day before police killed an armed man trying to break into the FBI's Cincinnati field office. A group of Trump supporters armed themselves and gathered at the FBI office in Phoenix on Saturday to protest the Mar-a-Lago search, KTAR.com reports. People were seen carrying pistols and assault-type rifles between 10 a.m. and noon while claiming the search of Trump’s home was illegal. A group of 25 people were “peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights, staying on the sidewalks and across the street,” FBI spokesperson Kevin Smith said.

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