Despite Trump proudly proclaiming on Twitter that he was going to single-handedly declare Antifa to be a terrorist organization, the FBI quietly admitted they had not been able to gather any intelligence showing that Antifa was responsible for any violence during the May 31st protests over the murder of George Floyd.
The FBI has been issuing nearly daily reports since the uprisings began, but they have not yet discovered evidence proving that left wing antifascists are nearly as violent as conservative media outlets have claimed.
Attorney General William Barr stated “The violence instigated and carried out by Antifa and other similar groups in connection with the rioting is domestic terrorism and will be treated accordingly.”, further stoking fears about Antifa.
However, according to FBI reports obtained by The Nation,“based on CHS [Confidential Human Source] canvassing, open source/social media partner engagement, and liaison, FBI WFO has no intelligence indicating Antifa involvement/presence.” The statement followed a list of violent acts like throwing bricks at police and the discovery of a backpack containing explosive materials, which were flagged by the FBI under a “Key Updates” section of the report. The FBI has been issuing such reports daily since the weekend, according to a Bureau source, who added that none of these documents contained any evidence of antifa violence.
While finding no direct links between Antifa and violence at the D.C. protests, the FBI did note that far right wing groups have actively called for using assault rifles on protestors, and attacking law enforcement agents.