By David Sheparson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have warned law enforcement agencies of increased threats following a raid on former President Donald Trump’s home in Florida last week.
DHS confirmed to Reuters that it had sent out a bulletin on Friday about the threats, but declined to share it. CNN, NBC and CBS have reported on the bulletin’s content.
“The FBI and DHS have noted 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 bulletin said, according to a CBS report.
Among the concerns cited in the memo was “a threat to plant a suspected dirty bomb in front of FBI headquarters and issue blanket calls for ‘civil war’ and ‘armed rebellion,'” CBS reported. US agencies have identified “multiple articulated threats and calls for the targeted assassination of judicial, law enforcement, and government officials associated with the Palm Beach search, including the federal judge who approved the Palm Beach search warrant.”
Most of the threats occur online, the bulletin said, according to reports.
The warrant was made public Friday after Monday’s unprecedented search showed that Republican Trump had 11 sets of classified documents in his home and that the Justice Department had probable cause to conduct the search based on possible violations of the law. Espionage Law.
Republicans stepped up calls Sunday for the release of an FBI affidavit showing justification for seizing the documents.
Trump, his allies, some Republicans in Congress and many conservative pundits have responded with anger directed at the FBI and officials involved in the Trump investigation, and messages to their supporters claiming without evidence that the FBI would attack them next.
Some Trump allies have compared the FBI to the “Gestapo,” others are calling for its funding to be stopped, and some have accused the agency of being politically motivated.
A gunman who tried to enter the FBI building in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Thursday was shot and killed by police after a car chase, shootout and standoff in a cornfield.
The FBI declined to confirm the bulletin’s existence on Sunday, but said “the FBI is always concerned about violence and threats of violence to law enforcement.”
Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Executive Director Jonathan Greenblatt said on Twitter that “The details of this DHS/FBI bulletin are staggering. Let’s be clear: This is the direct result of irresponsible and inflammatory rhetoric demonizing the app.” of the law by right-wing commentators and politicians”. “
(Reporting by David Shepardson and David Lawder; Editing by Heather Timmons and Grant McCool)