Aug 15, 2022
The FBI says threats on law enforcement increase following Mar-a-Lago raid Transcript
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This morning, threats against federal law enforcement are on the rise.
The FBI says they are seeing a spike as fallout continues after the raid of President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home. 8 On Your Side’s Beth Rousseau is live at the FBI field office in Tampa.
Beth Rousseau: (00:17)
Hey, Ivan and Avery. So the Secret Service says that they are hardening their security. Meanwhile, the FBI tells us that at their headquarters, as well as their field offices, just like the one here in Tampa, they’re also taking added steps to ensure safety.
Beth Rousseau: (00:31)
The court approved search of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home is amping up the risk for some law enforcement. A five-page joint intelligence bulletin says, “The FBI and DHS are aware of an increase in recent threats and calls for violence against federal law enforcement, US government, and judicial personnel in reaction to the FBI execution of a search warrant in Palm Beach, Florida on 8 August, 2022.” According to federal sources, “These threats are occurring primarily online and across multiple platforms.”
Beth Rousseau: (01:06)
Last week, a Navy veteran tried to breach the FBI field office in Cincinnati. He was later killed in a shootout with police. The FBI says social media accounts with his name and likeness specifically referenced the FBI’s raid on Mar-a-Lago.
Beth Rousseau: (01:21)
Former President Trump has taken to social media blasting federal agencies, saying they’re acting with political motives. Former National Security Advisor John Bolton denies President Trump’s claims that 11 sets of classified materials taken from his Mar-a-Lago home were all declassified.
John Bolton: (01:40)
I think that claim is almost certainly a lie. It would have to be documented what they were, each document, so that people would know what had been declassified. I know of no logistical train, no paper train at all that says what’s declassified and what’s not.
Beth Rousseau: (01:58)
Federal sources say the bulletin outlining these threats does not mention President Trump or any targeted officials, but it does mention that their families could be at risk. We’re live in Tampa this morning. Beth Rousseau, 8 On Your Side.