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Federal law enforcement leaders warn about danger as GOP assails FBI

Law enforcement leaders are raising alarms about threats to federal agents. Republicans have been telling Americans that federal agents are “coming for you” and that the FBI is out to get them. An armed man wearing body armor tried to breach the FBI’s Cincinnati field office, according to authorities. It was not clear if the incident was connected to the backlash over the court-authorized search of Mar-a-Lago. The man, identified as Ricky Shiffer, was fatally shot after a standoff with officers, a law enforcement source says. The FBI is not the only target of such rhetoric — Republicans have also been warning Americans that an army of Internal Revenue Service agents are "coming" for them, as Democrats seek to boost the tax agency's funding and pursue tax

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) said she supports “law, order, and the brave men and women who protect our communities” Rep. Elise Stefanik (N.Y.) said the FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago is a “complete abuse and overreach of its authority” Attorney General Merrick Garland defended the Justice Department at a news conference Thursday. Classified documents relating to nuclear weapons were among the items FBI sought in a search of Trump’s Florida residence, people familiar with the investigation told The Washington Post. People of all political bents “need to be cautious and careful [with] the rhetoric that they’re espousing,” said Rep. Cosme Cosme of the far left.

GOP leaders have largely coalesced behind President Trump’s claims of political persecution. GOP candidates have criticized Democrats as soft on crime and overly critical of law enforcement, taking particular aim at far-left calls to “defund the police” Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said she was “ashamed” at party members’ attacks on those involved with the Mar-a-Lago search. A moderate and former FBI agent has cautioned against jumping to conclusions and eroding trust in federal law enforcement. Republicans have also focused on the IRS this week after Democrats in the Senate narrowly passed a sweeping bill to address climate change, lower health-care costs and raise some taxes.