FBI Finds ‘No Intel Indicating Antifa Involvement’ In Sunday’s D.C. Violence
The Nation reported on Tuesday that the FBI’s Washington Field Office “has no intelligence indicating Antifa involvement/presence” in the weekend violence that occurred in Washington, D.C., amid protests over George Floyd’s death.
The revelation was contained in an internal FBI situation report obtained by The Nation.
According to the FBI report, “based on CHS [Confidential Human Source] canvassing, open source/social media partner engagement, and liaison, FBI WFO has no intelligence indicating Antifa involvement/presence.”
The Nation noted that the statement came on the heels of “a list of violent acts like throwing bricks at police and the discovery of a backpack containing explosive materials, which were flagged by the FBI under a ‘Key Updates’ section of the report.
An FBI source told the publication that the Bureau has been issuing such reports, none of which have contained evidence of antifa violence, since the the weekend.
Groups associated with antifa have destroyed property and committed violence in the past, but the fact that the FBI’s situation reports cannot find any evidence of such involvement now suggests that fears about such groups may be exaggerated.
The report did warn that individuals from a far-right social media group had “called for far-right provocateurs to attack federal agents, use automatic weapons against protesters.” (The Nation is withholding the name of the group in order to not disrupt any potential law enforcement investigations.)
The Trump administration has been quick to label antifa as the culprit for violence taking place in protests across the United States.
- President Donald Trump announced on May 31 in a tweet that he would designate “Antifa” as a terrorist organization, though The Nation noted that “the government has no existing authority to declare a domestic group a terrorist organization, and antifa is not an organized group.”
- Attorney General William Barr also pointed to the anti-fascist movement as instigating violence during protests, saying in a statement: “The violence instigated and carried out by Antifa and other similar groups in connection with the rioting is domestic terrorism and will be treated accordingly.”
The FBI report, titled, “Civil Unrest in Washington AOR [Area of Responsibility] Following Death of George Floyd,” was provided to The Nation by an FBI official on the condition of anonymity, the publication said.
The FBI’s Washington Field Office declined to comment when asked about the report.