Armed Trump supporters protest outside FBI office in Phoenix following Mar-a-Lago raid: reports

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Armed Trump supporters protest outside FBI office in Phoenix following Mar-a-Lago raid: reports
  • Armed supporters of former President Donald Trump protested outside the FBI office in Phoenix, Arizona, on Saturday.

  • The protesters carried "honor your oath" and "Abolish FBI" signs, per local media.

  • The FBI has had an "unprecedented" number of threats against bureau property since the Mar-a-Lago raid.

Armed supporters of former President Donald Trump protested outside the FBI office in Phoenix, Arizona, on Saturday, Fox 10 Phoenix reported.

The protest, which took place in the morning, follows the agency's raid of Trump's Mar-a-Lago property on Monday.

Outside the FBI office, CNN reported that Trump supporters were carrying handguns and "assault-style weapons." One protester said they were there to protest the "unlawful search" at the Florida property.

Fox 10 Phoenix reported that one person waved a Confederate flag and others held "honor your oath" and "Abolish FBI" signs.

Some Republicans, including Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan, have called for the FBI's abolition and "defunding" after the search warrant was executed this week.

On Friday, the warrant used for the search was unsealed. It came after the Justice Department and Trump said it should be made public.

The warrant and an accompanying property receipt said that the FBI seized 11 sets of classified documents, including some marked top secret, and revealed that the Justice Department is investigating if Trump broke three federal laws.

An FBI spokesperson told CNN that the Phoenix protest, which around 25 people attended, was lawful and was disbanded by around noon. They did not cross into FBI property.

However, the FBI is keeping an eye out for trouble amid an "unprecedented" number of threats against bureau personnel and property amid the Mar-a-Lago raid.

A joint intelligence bulletin issued by the FBI and Department of Homeland security warned of "violent threats" in the coming days and weeks, CNN reported. 

On Thursday, a gunman was killed after he tried to enter an FBI field office in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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