Newsweek Reveals FBI is Targeting Donald Trump’s MAGA Followers

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In a climate of escalating political tension surrounding the upcoming 2024 U.S. Presidential election, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) finds itself navigating a precarious path.

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A three-month investigation by Newsweek into the current domestic security landscape has unveiled the quiet categorization of a new subgroup of extremists by the FBI, aimed at tracking and countering what is colloquially referred to as Donald Trump’s army of MAGA followers.

“We’ve crossed the Rubicon,” a senior intelligence official emailed Newsweek in response to questions.

“Trump’s army constitutes the greatest threat of violence domestically…politically… that’s the reality and the problem set. That’s what the FBI, as a law enforcement agency, has to deal with,” he wrote.

According to classified data, Newsweek reported that most of its current “anti-government” investigations are focused on Trump supporters.

However, the Bureau must execute its duties without explicit reference to political affiliations or parties, thereby avoiding the potential ignition of anti-government activism it seeks to mitigate.

An anonymous FBI official highlighted the Bureau’s precarious position, emphasizing the necessity to prevent a recurrence of the January 6, 2021, Capitol protest while safeguarding Americans’ rights to campaign and exercise free speech.

The official noted, “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.”

In a subtle yet monumental shift, the FBI has altered the definition of AGAAVE (“anti-government, anti-authority violent extremism”) from “furtherance of ideological agendas” to “furtherance of political and/or social agendas.”

This change allowed groups to be labeled due to their political and social stances, indirectly acknowledging Trump and his supporters as a distinct category of domestic violent extremists.

While Trump and MAGA are not explicitly mentioned, insiders confirm its applicability to political violence attributed to the former president’s supporters.

Classified numbers reviewed by Newsweek substantiate the FBI’s public claims and reveal a significant portion of the increases in investigations in 2020 and 2021 were related to protests following George Floyd’s murder, the COVID-19 pandemic, elections, and the January 6 incident.

Newsweek confirmed the data also clearly indicates that the primary targets of investigations and open cases were Trump supporters.

The revelations are likely to be met with a sense of expectation from Trump supporters who already view the FBI as a political tool of a repressive deep state in Washington, D.C., intent on preserving the political establishment’s hold at the cost of democracy.

Previous comments from Biden have long fueled this speculation.

“Donald Trump and MAGA Republicans are a threat to the very soul of this country,” Biden tweeted last September.

This perspective is not isolated to the fringes of Trump supporters, as some Republican allies in Congress have called for the FBI to be defunded over such accusations and the prosecution of Trump supporters over the January 6 attack.

As the nation approaches the 2024 election, the FBI’s role, actions, and the political and social responses to them will undoubtedly be scrutinized by Trump loyalists and many Members of Congress.


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