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FBI Director Christopher Wray on Wednesday pushed back on social media threats against former President Donald Trump and other law enforcement officials after his agency’s unprecedented search of his Mar-a-Lago estate.
On Monday, the FBI “raided” Trump’s Florida home, and by that night a flurry of social media posts criticized the incident and accused the bureau of being politicized in nature. Some messages have called for violence, mass insurrection and even civil war towards Wray.
“I’m always concerned about threats made by law enforcement,” Wray said Wednesday, condemning the posts. “Violence against law enforcement is not the answer, no matter who you are upset with.”
He called the threats “deplorable and dangerous”.
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The comments came after a news conference at the agency’s field office in Omaha, Nebraska, where Wray offered comments about the FBI’s focus on cybersecurity.
At presser, Wray declined to comment further or answer any questions about why FBI agents spent hours Monday at Trump’s Palm Beach, Florida resort. This is the first time in US history that the FBI has conducted such a search of a former president’s residence.
Since Monday, several messages calling for violence have been seen across the country on Twitter, Gab, and TRUTH social media.
Officials monitoring these posts have noted a significant increase in death threats aimed at Attorney General Merrick Garland, Wray and FBI agents, sources told Fox News.
Both Garland and Wray travel with armed security.
In a post on Gab, “All it takes is one call. And millions will take this country back. It’ll be over in less than 2 weeks.”
Another said, “Let’s get it started! This unelected, illegitimate administration has crossed the line with their GESTAPO raids! It’s about time the Lib Socialist scum was purged from American society!”
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Trump and several top Republicans have demanded answers from the FBI and Justice Department about why the search was conducted and what property was seized.
“This is a dark time for our nation as my beautiful home at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida was raided and occupied by a large group of FBI agents,” Trump said in an email sent to Save America on Tuesday. Political Action Committee
“The country deserves a full and immediate explanation of what led to the events of Monday,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday. “Attorney General Garland and the Department of Justice should have already provided answers to the American people, and should do so immediately.”
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Republican Sen. Rand Paul said the “attack” could lead to the impeachment of Garland, who is being investigated for abuse of office.
“Without a question, I think the order that allowed the attack on Trump’s home at Mar-a-Lago should be disclosed. The full investigation will have to wait until November,” Paul said on “Fox & Friends.” “And I’ve never been a fan of overusing impeachment, but I think there should be an investigation. And if it’s warranted, it’s going to have to look at whether or not the attorney general abused his office for political. Motives. Did he go after a political opponent? I mean, it’s thin.”
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“No one would have imagined that we would use this or that a political party would use the FBI to attack their political opponents. Now, this is something that really needs an investigation. And I’m not surprised. An investigation will lead to abuse of power, which could lead to the indictment of the Attorney General,” he said. .
The raid was part of an investigation into whether Trump took classified documents to Mar-a-Lago, according to people familiar with the matter.
David Spunt of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.