When anti-apartheid demonstrations were taking place in the US last year, President Donald Trump was looking for a formula to win the election. At that time, the investigation agencies were eyeing the right wing groups. But, Trump has repeatedly emphasized that the country is threatened by radical leftist organizations. The Attorney General and officials of the Ministry of Internal Security immediately changed their priorities.
On the other hand, Trump began to openly vent his dissatisfaction and anger. This resulted in an attack by right-wing militants on the Parliament House-Capital Building. Current and former officials told the New York Times that Trump’s instructions had sparked scrutiny by legal and security agencies against the Antifa Organization and other left groups.
Justice Department had expressed concern
As protests against injustice on blacks intensified, Justice Department officials shifted the focus of the Central Government investigators and FBI agents from the violent groups supporting the superiority of whites to the Antifa movement. A Prosecutor at the Department of Justice had expressed concern over the greater focus on Antifa.
There was pressure to expose the conspiracy
Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz told his colleagues that politics could play a role in this. Two Justice Department officials involved in the campaign to combat domestic terrorism said that the prosecutors and agents were under pressure to expose the criminal conspiracy of the left-wing extremists, whereas there was nothing. As such, there was growing concern over domestic terrorism, threats by white superiors, and right-wing groups associated with the president in the FBI.
No Antifa terrorist organization
At Trump’s behest, Attorney General William Barr quickly accepted a major threat from Antifa and the left organizations. After assuming office in 2019, Barr began asking the FBI weekly meetings on national security what she was doing to deal with Antifa. Two officials who attended these meetings said that the officials believed that the bar was exaggerating. He also told Barr that Antifa is not a terrorist organization.
Trump was constantly pushing against Antifa
Investigators were pressurized to gather evidence to plot a terrorist attack against Antifa. When FBI intelligence found that there was a threat of domestic terrorism from organizations supporting the supremacy of whites, the procurators asked them to focus on the threat from Antifa and radical left anarchists. Trump was constantly pushing against Antifa.
Mary McCord, a former Justice Department official, says that dangerous elements associated with armed groups and aristocratic rightists had found an ally in the Rashtrapati Bhavan-White House. This, he says, gave him an opportunity to grow, organize and express his opinion among the mainstream. The result of this has come to light in the violence in the Capitol Building on 6 January.