Pennsylvania: Man arrested for ‘threatening FBI after Donald Trump raid’

A Pennsylvania man has been arrested after posting numerous death threats to FBI officials on a far-right social media page

A Pennsylvania man has been arrested after posting numerous death threats to FBI employees on a right-wing social media page (Image: Rex)

A man has been arrested after sending numerous death threats to FBI employees after agents searched former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home.

Adam Bies of Mercer, Pennsylvania, was arrested and charged in a US district court with interference, obstruction or retaliation against federal law enforcement officials.

According to Monday’s affidavit, the FBI’s Domestic Terrorism Monitor received a tip that a user by the name @BlankFocus was posting threats on right-wing social media site Gab.

Gab provided the FBI with the account’s user registration data, which listed the owner as one Adam Kenneth Campbell. Gab also provided the FBI with the user’s chat logs, which confirmed the name was an alias.

Authorities stand outside Mar-a-Lago, the residence of former President Donald Trump, as the FBI executes a search warrant August 8

Authorities stand outside Mar-a-Lago, former President Donald Trump’s residence, as the FBI executes a search warrant on August 8 (Image: EPA)

“I use a fake name for my photography and gab so the Murica company can’t google me from a job,” Bies wrote in a post referenced in the affidavit.

The FBI was able to identify Bies after tracing IP logs from Gab to his home in Mercer.

“Every single S- who works for the FBI in any capacity, from the director to the janitor who cleans the F- toilets, deserves to die. You declared war on us and now the season is open to YOU,” Bies wrote in the earliest post, which was dated Aug. 10.

That same day, Bies wrote to the FBI that he was ready “to water the trees of liberty with your blood” and that he was waiting for the agency to “kick down my door.”

This is an aerial view of President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, Wednesday, August 10, 2022, in Palm Beach, Florida. The FBI searched Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate as part of an investigation into whether he was classified as White House records relating to his Florida residence, people familiar with the matter said Monday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

The FBI raided Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate as part of an investigation into whether he had brought classified White House records to his Florida residence (Image: AP)

Bies continued to make threats on August 11, the affidavits. In a post, he shared a comment from Gab CEO Andrew Torba.

“Here’s Fox News throwing Gab under the bus because people…had opinions here,” Torba wrote on the website, which he founded in 2016.

Addressing Torba directly, Bies said, “Why don’t you send them my threats so they can at least show something credible on Fox News,” he wrote in response to Torba’s comment.

“Just scrub my timeline for the posts you didn’t delete after threatening me with a ban. I sincerely believe that you deserve to DIE if you work for the FBI.’

In another Aug. 11 post, Bies wrote that he was “prepared for the inevitable outcome.”

“I already know I’m going to die at the hands of this piece of shit that’s harassing law enforcement. My only goal is to kill more of them before I fall. I will not spend a second of my life in her care,” he wrote.

The FBI has seen increasing threats since the Aug. 8 raid in Mar-a-Lago. Last Thursday, a man was killed in a gun battle with police after he attempted to break into the FBI’s Cincinnati field office.

In a leaked memo, the FBI also said it faced an increasing threat of a “civil war” and even a threat to plant a “so-called dirty bomb in front of FBI headquarters.”

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