Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) requested FBI Director Christopher Wray begin a RICO investigation into Antifa, citing its violent action in Portland, Oregon that saw journalist Andy Ngo hospitalized with a brain hemorrhage and the recent Antifa domestic terrorist attack in Tacoma, Washington in which a member of Antifa attacked a migrant detention facility armed with an AR-15 rifle and Molotov cocktails.
Cruz is one of the only members of Congress who are actively calling for investigations into Antifa, and he doubled down on his position when questioning Wray earlier today.
“Let me turn to a final topic, which is an area of concern for me, which is a group that has called itself Antifa, which ironically is short for anti fascism, and yet they engage in the conduct of fascists,” said Cruz. “They engage in violent protests, masked men and women engaging in physical violence. We saw recently the Rose City chapter of Antifa in Portland Oregon that was assaulting citizens and disrupting traffic, violently assaulted one journalist so severely that he was hospitalized for brain hemorrhage.”
Cruz then spoke of the Tacoma terrorist attack.
“Another Antifa terrorist attacked a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement center in Tacoma, Washington igniting a vehicle and attempting to ignite a propane tank,” said Cruz.
Cruz then explained that he believes this is not mere happenstance, but that he is concerned it may be part of organized behavior on behalf of Antifa, and put the question to Wray.
“I am concerned that these are not isolated incidents but rather this is a pattern, an organization that is engaged in masked, anonymous, violent terrorism. To what extent is the FBI concerned about the threat of violent activity from an organization like Antifa?”
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) July 23, 2019
In his characteristic fashion, Wray seemed to minimize the behavior of Antifa and the role of the organization.
“We are absolutely concerned about violence committed on behalf of any ideology, any extremism, and the key is though,” Wray continued, “The FBI does not investigate ideology, we investigate violent criminal activity, and if it’s fueled by some ideology, then that’s how it gets wrapped into our mandate.”
Wray went on to explain that the Antifa group, in the eyes of the FBI, is an ideology and not a radical group of terrorists pledging to commit violence.
“So for us, Antifa, we view it more of an ideology than an organization. We have quite a number though, I should tell you, of properly predicated investigations of what we categorize as anarchist extremists,” Wray continued, “And some of those people do subscribe to what we would refer to as kind of an Antifa-like ideology.”
Cruz then stressed that he views Antifa as an organization, and informed Wray that he will be sending him a letter requesting a RICO investigation into the group.
“I will today be sending a letter to you and the Department of Justice asking the department to open a RICO investigation into Antifa because I believe they ar engaged in a similar coordinated effort,” said Cruz, comparing Antifa to the mafia and the Ku Klux Klan.
Cruz also blasted politicians who have repeatedly sided with Antifa and forced police departments to stand down when faced with their violence.
“It’s a pattern, sadly, that we saw, we have seen with politicians who favored Klan violence, and I think every citizen deserves law enforcement protection regardless of their ideology.”
Rioters Overwhelm Brooklyn Police Precinct As Law Enforcement Retreats Once Again
The rioters took the building with ease.
Riotous George Floyd protestors appeal to have overwhelmed a police precinct in Brooklyn, with the New York Police Department abandoning the public building to the mob in a fashion akin to that of police in Minneapolis.
Brooklyn 88 precinct overrun pic.twitter.com/rCyV41XKmN
— maria viti (@selfdeclaredref) May 30, 2020
Several New York Police Department vehicles appear to have been damaged, destroyed or outright torched as rioters stage attacks on multiple police precincts throughout the borough. Initial reports indicate that an officer has been injured, with an ‘officer down’ radio call being made on the police radio network.
Level 3 mobilization to 88 Pct.
10-13 call (Officer down) at 84 Pct. pic.twitter.com/As3wvUsQuK
— James A. Gagliano (@JamesAGagliano) May 30, 2020
Another police precinct in Brooklyn is under attack by Floyd protestors.
Video filmed on Classon Ave in the borough showed more violence between rioters and the police, with members of the mob striking police vehicles and law enforcement appearing to hit one riotous demonstrator with a car door. More footage showed police vehicles completely surrounded by protestors.
Police car just drove by demonstrators on Classon Ave in Brooklyn — some of whom had been throwing cement — and opened passenger side door into a protester. pic.twitter.com/vd8Lq60TXC
— Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs (@NickAtNews) May 30, 2020
Protestors originally congregated near the Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn, with aerial footage of the group appearing to reveal a crowd of protestors in the high hundreds, if not more than a thousand people. It appears that violence between police and rioters began shortly after the group met at the site, with footage showing aggressive brawls between New York Police Department officers and Floyd protestors/rioters.
Breaking: Police are clashing with protesters outside of Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Police are using pepper spray and batons against the protesters. pic.twitter.com/SLTsrQ3LbY
— PM Breaking News (@PMBreakingNews) May 30, 2020
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