Wednesday, September 2, 2020

DHS Chief Chad Wolf Confirms Probe into Funding of Rioters; Warns Portland of Federal Intervention if Riots Continue, and other related stories

Homeland Security chief Chad Wolf confirms probe into funding of rioters:
Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf confirmed an investigation is underway into the funding of rioting taking place amid racial justice protests and unrest nationwide and has sent a letter to the Portland mayor urging him to request federal assistance so DHS agents could quell the violence.
“This is something that I have talked to the AG personally about,” Wolf told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Monday night, saying that the department is focused on “targeting and investigating the head of these organizations, [and] the individuals that are paying for these individuals to move across the country.
“What we know, Tucker, is that we have seen groups and individuals move from Portland to other parts of the country,” he continued.
After telling the story of the RNC member who saw protesters on the plane to DC, Trump was asked by the network for details.
“I’ll tell you some time. It’s under investigation right now,” he said Monday night, also confirming the probe. --->READ MORE HERE
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DHS Warns Portland Mayor Feds ‘Will Have No Choice But To Protect’ Americans If Rioting Continues
Acting Homeland Security secretary Chad Wolf is urging Portland mayor Ted Wheeler to accept federal assistance after months of unrest in the city, warning in a letter on Monday that the federal government “will have no choice but to protect our American citizens” if the chaos continues unchecked.
“I urge you to prioritize public safety and to request federal assistance to restore law and order in Portland,” Wolf wrote in the letter dated August 31. “We are standing by to support Portland. At the same time, President Trump has made it abundantly clear that there will come a point when state and local officials fail to protect its citizens from violence, the federal government will have no choice but to protect our American citizens.”
Portland has been plagued by months of violent rioting and protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death. As of July 31, local law enforcement had arrested 255 people and declared 23 riots and unlawful assemblies, according to DHS. Unrest in the city turned deadly recently as Antifa clashed with right-wing counter-protesters.
“Due to a lack of action throughout the summer, Portland and its law-abiding residents continue to suffer from large-scale looting, arson, and vandalism — even killing. Businesses remain shuttered and Portlanders are held hostage by the daily violence that has gripped the city with no end in sight,” Wolf said. --->READ MORE HERE
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Justice Department investigates protest leaders, funding in Portland and other cities

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DHS chief presses Portland mayor to accept federal help as another riot is declared

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