FBI faces 'avalanche' of threats encouraged by Trump, says Senate
Since the FBI search of the Mar-a-Lago residence, threats against the federal police have multiplied.
US senators on Tuesday condemned the spate of threats received by federal police since last month's search of the residence of former President Donald Trump, accused of encouraging this outpouring of hatred. p>
I have said many times that violence against law enforcement is never – never – acceptable, no matter what ideology motivates her, said influential Democratic Senator Dick Durbin.
But here's the reality: Last month, after the FBI raided Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump's residence, federal police faced an avalanche of threats against its employees and buildings, and those threats encouraged by the former president and his allies, he continued.
The Senate unanimously passed a text condemning these threats, noting in passing remarks by some Republican members of Congress who called for an end to funding the FBI or compared the search to the actions of the Gestapo, the political police. of Nazi Germany.
On August 8, the FBI raided the residence of Donald Trump in Florida and seized boxes of confidential documents that the Republican did not. had not returned after leaving the White House, despite multiple requests.
Federal investigators suspect Donald Trump of having thus violated an American law on espionage which very strictly regulates the possession of confidential documents.
Donald Trump, who openly envisages to stand for re-election in the 2024 presidential election, has since stormed against a search that he considers illegal and unconstitutional, and repeats that he was targeted for political reasons.
Since this operation , the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security have reported an increase in threats and acts of violence against federal law enforcement officers.
On August 11, a 42-year-old gunman, for example, attempted to force his way into FBI premises in Cincinnati, Ohio, after appealing to weapons on Donald Trump's social network, Truth Social. The man, killed by law enforcement, believed that the search at Donald Trump's home had to be answered with force and FBI agents shot on sight.
The text adopted by the Senate describes other attempts at intimidation, such as the threat to plant a dirty bomb, made from stolen radioactive materials, in front of the FBI headquarters or even calls for civil war and armed revolt.
It also highlights the repeated attacks by the former president who, among other insults, called FBI officials a "vicious monsters".
Donald Trump's team did not react immediately to requests from AFP.