Attorney General Bill Barr just announced that the Justice Department has issued “scores of indictments” against perpetrators of acts of violence and vandalism during the last month of nationwide protests.
Appearing in an episode of Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) podcast, Verdict, Barr said that his agency is using joint terrorist task forces nationwide to probe criminal activity that has risen in the wake of the George Floyd protests.
“When the real violence started around May 25, 26, and so forth, we started using our joint terrorist task forces around the country. And there are 35 of them around the country,” Barr told Cruz on Thursday.
“And now they are starting to go full bore, cranking out investigations, indictments against the people who are involved in this violence,” Barr continued. “So we’ve had scores of indictments already for such things as arson, destruction of federal property, things like that. And we have, right now, about 500 investigations underway.”
Trump’s base has been calling for the administration to take definitive action against ANTIFA and adjacent rioters for weeks now, and Barr has confirmed that the requests are not going unheard.
He also confirmed that there are organized groups behind the violence. “They want to tear down the country. They are different than many traditional groups, and frequently, the signs of coordination and activity are very close to the event itself,” the attorney general said.
“We definitely see signs out on the street of communication, of organization, of preplanning, prepositioning of things. So it’s definitely organized activity.”
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