A new report suggests the FBI may be monitoring Donald Trump’s MAGA followers as the 2024 Presidential Election inches closer. Could this really be true?
A Shocking Report About the FBI
Newsweek just published an explosive report about the FBI. The publication took a close look at how the FBI plans to handle domestic terrorism in the year leading up to the 2024 Presidential Election.
Is the FBI Targeting MAGA?
Newsweek found that the FBI might be targeting Donald Trump’s MAGA supporters right now and conducting “anti-government” investigations on at least some of them.
Why This Could Be a Problem
If the FBI is, in fact, monitoring Trump’s MAGA contingent, it might not reflect well on President Biden, who is likely going to square off against Trump in the next Presidential Election.
It might make it appear as though he is using the FBI against a political opponent and his supporters.
A Tough Spot for the FBI
Newsweek spoke to more than a dozen government officials for its report and got many of them to talk about the FBI targeting MAGA.
One FBI official admitted it is a delicate situation and said the FBI has to be careful about how it handles things.
“An Almost Impossible Position”
“The FBI is in an almost impossible position,” the FBI official said.
“Especially at a time when the White House is facing Congressional Republican opposition claiming that the Biden administration has ‘weaponized’ the Bureau against the right wing, it has to tread very carefully.”
Newsweek also did more than just talk to government sources for their report. They read through several secret FBI reports that have been published over the last couple of years, too.
A New Type of Domestic Terrorist
Newsweek discovered the FBI has changed its definition of AGAAVE, which stands for “anti-government, anti-authority violent extremism.”
It now includes anyone pushing a “furtherance of political and/or social agendas” and allows the FBI to target people because of their political beliefs.
AGAAVE-Other = MAGA?
The FBI also created a new AGAAVE category called AGAAVE-Other.
The definition for this category appears to allude to Trump’s MAGA supporters. An FBI officer was asked about this, and he didn’t seem to shy away from admitting that AGAAVE-Other is a reference to MAGA.
“It Refers to MAGA”
“What other name would we use?” the FBI officer said. “Obviously if Democratic Party supporters resort to violence, [AGAAVE-Other] would apply to them as well.
It doesn’t matter that there is a low likelihood of that. So yes, in practical terms, it refers to MAGA, though the carefully constructed language is wholly nonpartisan.”
A Response From the FBI
The FBI was asked to respond to Newsweek’s findings. It released a statement to the publication and attempted to provide some clarity.
Downplaying the MAGA Report
In its statement, the FBI said it is “committed to protecting the safety and constitutional rights of all Americans.
” It also said the FBI will “never open an investigation based solely on First Amendment protected activity, including a person’s political beliefs or affiliations.”
This suggests the FBI is not targeting MAGA supporters.
Committed to Combating Domestic Terrorism
At the same time, the FBI maintained that it is working hard to stop domestic terrorism in its tracks.
“The threat posed by domestic violent extremists is persistent, evolving, and deadly,” the FBI statement said. “The FBI’s goal is to detect and stop terrorist attacks, and our focus is on potential criminal violations, violence, and threats of violence.”
What Did the White House Have to Say?
Outside of reaching out to the FBI for a statement, Newsweek touched base with the White House as well to see if they had anything to say about its findings.
The White House declined to offer up a comment.
What About Trump?
Newsweek also asked Trump’s camp if they would like to provide a comment on their findings.
He turned down the chance to send in a statement about them.
This Isn’t the End
Although Biden and Trump both shot down the opportunity to speak about the Newsweek report, it would be surprising if they didn’t have anything to say about it in the near future.
Biden will probably want to downplay it, while Trump may look to use it to rally his base as the 2024 Presidential Election inches closer.
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