The FBI Agents Association said Thursday that the escalation of threats against former President Donald Trump following a raid on him encouraged violence against law enforcement and was “unacceptable.”
Conservative politicians and Trump slammed the Federal Bureau of Investigation as “corrupt” and “politicized” after a raid Monday in which agents asked for classified documents that Trump had retained in violation of rules on official records.
This was followed by a flood of violent threats against the FBI and the Justice Department on social media and in conservative chat rooms.
“Special agents and their families should never be threatened with violence, including through their work,” the association said in a statement.
It said, “Recent threats contributed to an environment where some people justify or accept violence against law enforcement. It is not.”
The statement was issued shortly after Attorney General Merrick Garland said he himself had approved the unprecedented raid on a former president’s home.
Garland called the attacks on the FBI “baseless.”
“I will not keep silent when his integrity is unfairly attacked,” he said.
After the raid on Monday, Trump issued a statement saying that his Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida was “siege, raided and occupied by a large group of FBI agents.”
“Such an attack can happen only in broken third world countries,” Trump said.
Hour Republican leader Kevin McCarthy accused the FBI and the Justice Department of “armed politicization.”
Republican Senator Ted Cruz said the FBI “became an attack dog to help Democrats” and Republican Congressman Paul Goser tweeted that “we must destroy the FBI.”
Another ardent Trump supporter, Representative Marjorie Taylor Green, attacked the agency and spoke of a “civil war.”
“The FBI has gone rogue and is doing the dirty work of the Communist regime,” he said on Twitter.
“This is not a partisan or political issue,” the agents’ union said in its statement.
“Calls for violence against law enforcement are unacceptable, and should be condemned by all leaders.”
The statement came after an armed man attacked the FBI’s office in Cincinnati, Ohio on Thursday, which turned into a search for a suspect in rural areas, in which the man exchanged bullets with law enforcement.
Officials later said that the situation was brought under control later without giving any details. The reason for the attack remained unclear.
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