Earlier this week, Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf confirmed that the Justice Department is investigating the leaders of organizations like antifa and Black Lives Matter in light of the criminal rioting that rocked major cities over the summer.
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Wolf dropped the bombshell announcement during an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Monday night.
“[D]o you think the Department of Homeland Security is getting the help it needs from the Justice Department? Why haven’t we seen the leaders of Antifa and BLM arrested and charged with conspiracy under RICO like the heads of the mafia families were?” Carlson asked.
“Well, this is something that I have talked to the AG [Bill Barr] personally about. I know that they are working on it,” Wolf replied.
“Look, we have seen about 300 arrests across this country regarding civil unrest and protesting, violent protesting and I would say, criminal protesting. Criminal rioting occur. About 300 arrests,” Wolf said. “About a third of those, or a hundred of those arrests have been in Portland specifically. I know the Department of Justice has charged about 74, 75 individuals there in Portland with different federal crimes.”
“We will continue to see how those investigations are going. Department of Justice is also targeting and investigating the head of these organizations, the individuals that are paying for these individuals to move across the country,” he said.
DHS Sec. Chad Wolf: “If you want to riot, if you want to loot, if you want to do some of these other criminal acts that we see around the country, there are going to be consequences for that.” pic.twitter.com/eQVFm2HV5H
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) September 1, 2020
DOJ investigating organized protests
Many believe that one of the biggest reasons for the continued chaos is there seems to be very few consequences. In Democrat cities around the country, rioters have been arrested, but far too often are released without any prosecution.
Additionally, there is a very real concern that outside influences are involved in the riots, as we are now finding out about Kenosha, WI, where extensive damage occurred during violent demonstrations after the police shooting of Jacob Blake on August 23.
“What we know, Tucker, is that we have seen groups and individuals move from Portland to other parts of the country. We had about 175 arrests in Kenosha, almost 100 of them were from out of state. So, we know they are moving around,” Wolf told Carlson.
“We have seen them in D.C., in Sacramento, and elsewhere. They are organized. We have seen similar tactics being used from Portland and other cities across the country as well,” he added. “So, we know that there is organization, I know the Department of Justice is also looking at that as well.”