On Friday, the names of the two officers who signed the search papers circulated online. The names were included in a version of the search warrant that had been leaked prior to the documents being officially unsealed. The version released by the court contained the names of the agents.
The increased level of threats follows a high-profile week for the agency in which agents executed a search warrant at Trump’s Palm Beach property as part of a move to gather evidence in a national security investigation into presidential data, including classified documents, sent to Florida. have been brought. The arrest warrant, which was unsealed and released by a federal judge Friday, revealed that the Justice Department is investigating possible violations of the Espionage Act, obstruction of justice and criminal handling of government files, as part of its investigation.
In the days following the search, violent threats surfaced online, with posters reading, “Garland must be killed” — referring to Attorney General Merrick Garland, who “personally approved” the decision to seek a warrant and “all FBIs In addition, the biography and contact details of the federal magistrate who signed the search warrant were deleted from the website of a Florida court after he, too, became the target of violent threats.
In another incident Thursday, a man, believed to have been armed with an AR-15 rifle and a nail gun, attempted to break into the FBI’s Cincinnati field office. He was killed hours later after a confrontation with authorities. Although the suspect’s motive has not yet been identified, he was known to the FBI for having an unspecified connection to the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot and for having associates within a far-right extremist group, two law enforcement sources told me. Friday to CNN.
FBI Director Chris Wray addressed agency security in a memo released this week.
“Let me also assure you that your safety and security are my primary concern right now. The security department is working throughout the agency as we remain vigilant and adjust our security stance accordingly,” Wray said in the statement reviewed by CNN.
The FBI declined to comment on specific threats against agency employees, but told CNN in a statement that the agency “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 statement said. “As always, we would like to remind the public that if they see anything suspicious they should report it to the police immediately.”