Is this related to a series of threats reportedly received by the FBI after the raid on Mar-a-Lago? Or is this an incident entirely unconnected to politics? WLWT in Cincinnati reported on a “threat” at the local FBI office, which touched off a police chase in Clinton County on I-71 and local lockdown orders. There’s no word on what it means yet:
A police pursuit and ongoing police situation in Clinton County has shut down two highways and prompted an area lockdown. It all started after a potential threat was made at a FBI building in Cincinnati.
Officials with the Cincinnati FBI field office confirmed the situation began after a potential threat was made at an FBI building in Cincinnati.
Officials said one person showed up to the office and appeared to be armed while making potential threats. The person drove off, leading Ohio State Patrol on a chase into Clinton County where there’s still an ongoing police situation.
Almost no one will follow this advice, but don’t rush to conclusions as to what this means. The FBI has lots of investigations under way, of course, and plenty of people resent their work for various reasons, usually very silly and destructive reasons. This might not even be about the FBI per se, but it’s tough to believe that someone would just wander into a building with that level of security just to present some kind of generic threat.
The timing on this certainly suggests that it could be related to outrage over the FBI’s raid of Mar-a-Lago, but that was on Monday. Since then, FBI director Christopher Wray told reporters that he was concerned about the rise of “violent rhetoric” in the wake of the raid:
The director of the FBI had strong words Wednesday for supporters of former President Donald Trump who have been using violent rhetoric in the wake of his agency’s search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home.
Christopher Wray, who was appointed as the agency’s director in 2017 by Trump, called threats circulating online against federal agents and the Justice Department “deplorable and dangerous.”
“I’m always concerned about threats to law enforcement,” Wray said. “Violence against law enforcement is not the answer, no matter who you’re upset with.”
Wray made the remarks following a news conference during a long-planned visit to the agency’s field office in Omaha, Nebraska, where he discussed the FBI’s focus on cybersecurity. He declined to answer questions about the hours-long search Monday by FBI agents of Trump’s Palm Beach, Florida resort.
It’s possible that this is connected to those instances of “violent rhetoric,” but there are some good reasons to remain skeptical too. First off, why do something in Cincinnati? The raid took place in Florida, and the FBI and DoJ home offices are in Washington DC. Second, it’s tough to figure out just what this “threat” was, given the vague description here. Clearly something happened and clearly the perp was sufficiently concerned about the consequences to run away, but that’s about all we can assume for now — if even that much.
Needless to say, it’s incredibly stupid to show up at any law enforcement facility while carrying firearms to act in a threatening or intimidating manner. Wray’s certainly right about that. Also, the people who work in the FBI’s field offices — even in south Florida — aren’t the people who made the decision to conduct the raid, so if that’s what prompted this, it’s even stupider. But until we get more details, maybe we should all wait and see what really transpired in Cincinnati.