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The body armor-clad man who allegedly attacked the FBI office in Cincinnati appears to have posted to Trump's Truth Social website during the attack.
"Investigators are looking into whether the man who tried to breach the F.B.I.’s field office in Cincinnati on Thursday had ties to extremist groups, including one that participated in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, according to two law enforcement officials familiar with the matter," the newspaper reported. "The suspect, identified by the officials as Ricky Shiffer, 42, seems to have appeared in a video posted on Facebook on Jan. 5, 2021, showing him attending a pro-Trump rally at Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington the night before the Capitol was stormed."
The newspaper linked the suspect, who was killed by police, to an unverified Twitter account that claimed he "was there" on Jan. 6.
The account told Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) "It's over. The next step is the one we used in 1775."
And tweeted, " "Save ammunition, get in touch with the Proud Boys and learn how they did it in the Revolutionary War, because submitting to tyranny while lawfully protesting was never the American way. LEXINGTON."
The suspect may have also had an account on Truth Social.
"Looks like Truth Social just deleted the account suspected to be that of the man who attacked the FBI office in Cincinnati," USA Today correspondent Will Carless reported.
"If this is Shiffer's Truth Social account, he posted two days ago about killing federal agents, and posted 8 hours ago about attacking the FBI," Carless reported.
NBC News reported, "Shiffer appeared to have posted a message detailing his failed attempt to gain entry to the FBI building."
Extremism researcher Jared Hold reported on the post in question.
"Well, I thought I had a way through bulletproof glass, and I didn't," the account posted.
"If you don't hear from me, it is true I tried attacking the F.B.I., and it'll mean either I was taken off the internet, the F.B.I. got me, or they sent the regular cops while," the post trailed off.
Dr. Mary Trump, the niece of former President Donald Trump, told MSNBC she's fairly certain her uncle never anticipated Attorney General Merrick Garland would do what he did on Thursday.
Trump bemoaned the FBI and Justice Department this week after a search warrant was executed at his golf club in Palm Beach, Florida for classified documents that they'd tried to get back from Trump for the past several months. While Trump was given a copy of the search warrant, he has refused to publish it, insisting that it isn't up to him to be transparent. So, Garland announced he'd move forward with releasing it.
Speaking at the Justice Department on Thursday, Garland made it clear that he was calling Trump's bluff.
"He's probably having a very difficult time processing this because, you know, Donald is a coward and a bully," Dr. Trump, who is a psychologist, told host Ari Melber. "He only attacks if he believes there will be no counterattack. He's been tripped up by two things here. As Neal said earlier, Garland is playing chess. Donald can only play checkers. So, he's being outmaneuvered. He's also gotten tripped up. It never occurred to Donald that somebody who looks like Merrick Garland and talks like Merrick Garland is actually a ninja."
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On Thursday, USA TODAY reported that Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) is slamming members of her party for going after the FBI over the search warrant at former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago country club in Palm Beach, Florida.
"'I have been ashamed to hear members of my party attacking the integrity of the FBI agents involved with the recent Mar-a-Lago search. These are sickening comments that put the lives of patriotic public servants at risk,' Cheney tweeted on Thursday, shortly after Attorney General Merrick Garland spoke at the Justice Department about the search," reported Katie Wadington.
"Since the law enforcement action at Mar-a-Lago, right-wing Republicans have called for the defunding of the FBI, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., who tweeted 'DEFUND THE FBI' on Monday night," the report noted. "At the recent CPAC meeting in Dallas, Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., said he wanted to strip funding from both the FBI and Justice Department over their roles in Jan. 6 Capitol attack investigations, according to reports from Vice and MSNBC."
The investigation centers on classified documents that were removed improperly as Trump and his allies were leaving the White House, although it remains unclear exactly what the FBI was looking for or what crimes they are pursuing.
At Garland's speech on Thursday, he announced the DOJ will move to unseal the warrant against Trump, potentially revealing new details of the investigation. It remains unclear whether Trump and his lawyers will try to keep it from being unsealed.
Cheney, a consistent critic of Trump from the right and one of two Republicans who have worked on the House Select Committee on January 6, is a significant underdog in her primary, where Harriet Hageman is challenging her with Trump's endorsement.
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