The FBI arrested a Pennsylvania man on Monday for allegedly writing threatening messages against federal law enforcement in response to the Justice Department’s investigation of former President Donald Trump.
Adam Bies of Mercer, Pennsylvania, posted the posts on the right-wing site Gab in response to the FBI’s search of Trump’s Florida home for documents he had taken from the White House.
“Every shit that works for the FBI in any capacity, from the director to the janitor cleaning their fucking toilets, deserves to die,” Bies wrote, according to an FBI agent’s affidavit. “You declared war on us and now it’s open season on YOU.”
The FBI accused Bies of threatening law enforcement officers, according to court documents. He faces fines and jail time if found guilty.
Trump condemned the raid on his Mar-a-Lago residence in a statement saying the Justice Department had been armed against him. Republican lawmakers amplified the message, suggesting any investigation into the former president is improper and vowing to retaliate with their own investigations. Some lawmakers even said the FBI should be funded or destroyed.
In response, Trump supporters have increasingly threatened federal law enforcement officers, according to an internal intelligence bulletin. Last week, a Trump supporter tried to break into an FBI office in Ohio and was later killed by police in a shootout. Trump supporters also threatened the federal judge who approved Mar-a-Lago’s search warrant. Their threats forced his synagogue to cancel a Friday service.
“Unfounded attacks on the integrity of the FBI erode respect for the rule of law and do grave harm to the men and women who sacrifice so much to protect others,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray, appointed by Trump, in a statement last week. . “Violence and threats against law enforcement, including the FBI, are dangerous and should be of deep concern to all Americans.”
In the final days of Trump’s single term, he instigated a crowd of his supporters to attack the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, as part of a broader effort to cancel the 2020 presidential election, which he has lost to Joe Biden by more than 7 million votes.
On Monday, Trump told Fox News the raid at Mar-a-Lago was a scam but suggested he would like to try to calm the tensions he himself inflamed.
“If there’s anything we can do to help, I and my people would certainly be willing to do it,” Trump said.
The National Archives said earlier this year that Trump refused to hand over White House documents as required by law. Last week, FBI agents recovered more than 20 boxes of material from Mar-a-Lago, including top-secret documents. The warrant says Trump is under investigation for several potential federal crimes, including obstruction of justice.
The FBI said they decided to arrest Bies because in addition to his threats, he wrote that he was willing to die as long as he killed FBI agents in the process. According to the affidavit, “an individual who makes statements accepting the end of life is a danger to himself and to society.”