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Move aside, Russia.
New foreign interference is in town… but this time, we have tangible evidence of it.
Attorney General Bill Barr has confirmed that the Justice Department has evidence of "foreign actors" assisting left-wing rioters.
The protests in the wake of George Floyd's death began as peaceful.
However, they quickly descended into chaos as rioters and looters took to America's streets.
In some cases, the crisis can be attributed to Democratic leaders.
In Minneapolis, for example, the police were told to stand down and even abandon the Third Precinct, which was torched and destroyed.
But violence quickly spread across the nation.
It seemed coordinated, with many suspecting that Antifa was behind it.
There is certainly evidence of Antifa, but now it seems there's another factor in the mix: foreign interference.
Could it be to de-rail Trump's reelection odds?
While Barr has not yet revealed the evidence publicly, there have been many indicators that the protests have been planned.
For example, pallets of bricks have appeared in cities where the riots have taken place.
Even though there are no construction sites for many nearby blocks, suddenly, neatly piled bricks appeared at the sites of the protests.
Bill Barr has been ahead of media reporting during his entire time at the DOJ.
Whether it was General Flynn, Ukraine, or Russia, Barr has been proven to be on the right side of history.
Now, he is making it known that the DOJ has evidence of foreign interference in the riots.
ABC News confirms:
Attorney General William Barr said Thursday that the the federal government has evidence that the radical left-wing antifa movement as well as other extremist groups have "hijacked" legitimate protests around the country to incite violence, and said certain "foreign actors" are seizing on the unrest to sow discord in the U.S.
"While many have peacefully expressed their anger and grief, others have hijacked protests to engage in lawlessness, violent rioting, arson, looting of businesses, and public property assaults on law enforcement officers and innocent people, and even the murder of a federal agent," Barr said. "We have evidence that antifa and other similar extremist groups, as well as actors of a variety of different political persuasions have been involved in instigating and participating in the violent activity.
Barr added, "we are also seeing foreign actors playing all sides to exacerbate the violence."
In a news conference at the Justice Department alongside other department heads Thursday, Barr and FBI Director Chris Wray both singled out the antifa movement in their opening remarks, though to date the DOJ has not provided direct evidence of widespread involvement of antifa followers in the violence seen thus far across the country.
In contrast, on Wednesday the DOJ announced the arrest of three men connected to the far-right 'Boogaloo' movement who were allegedly plotting to incite violence at protests in Las Vegas.
Asked by ABC News' Senior Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas why he didn't name-check those arrests, Barr pointed to his opening statement where he acknowledged "actors of a variety of different political persuasions" who were also carrying out violence.
"There are some groups that don't have a particular ideology, other than anarchy and there's some groups that want to bring about a civil war -- the 'Boogaloo' group that has been on the margin of this as well trying to exacerbate the violence," Barr said. "So we are dealing with as I say a witch's brew of a lot of different extremist organizations."
Similar to terrorist "sleeper cells," it's not hard to imagine foreign actors waiting for a domestic crisis to appear to agitate it further.
Most people agree that the police are integral to our society.
There are a few radicals in the left that want to defund the police, but fortunately, this is not yet a mainstream liberal position.
Attorney General Bill Barr is making sure Americans know that foreign actors have agitated the situation and made it worse.
He is also defending the police and explaining why they're critical to our freedom and way of life.
The New York Times reports that Barr confirms there is no systemic racism in policing:
Attorney General William P. Barr said on Sunday that he did not believe racism was a systemic problem in policing, echoing other top administration officials’ defense of an important part of President Trump’s base as protests against police killings of unarmed black people continued across the nation.
“I don’t think that the law enforcement system is systemically racist,” Mr. Barr said in an interview with the CBS program “Face the Nation.” “I think we have to recognize that for most of our history, our institutions were explicitly racist.”
Chad Wolf, the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, made similar remarks on Sunday in an interview with “This Week” on ABC, saying that “systemic racism” was not an issue for law enforcement.
Their defense mirrored comments made last week by the national security adviser, Robert C. O’Brien, and came as the protests over the killing of George Floyd last month and racial injustice in policing continued to gain momentum. Nearly a decade ago, the killings of unarmed black people — including Trayvon Martin, a teenager in Florida who was shot while walking home from the store — planted the seeds for the Black Lives Matter movement, which protests racial profiling, racial inequality in the nation’s prisons and policing issues, including excessive use of force.
“I frankly think that we have generally the vast, overwhelming majority of police are good people,” Mr. Barr said. “I think that there are instances of bad cops. And I think we have to be careful about automatically assuming that the actions of an individual necessarily mean that their organization is rotten.”
While Mr. Barr flatly denied there was systemic racism in policing, he compared law enforcement to the military, which he said “used to be an explicitly racist institution.”
“Now I think it’s in the vanguard of bringing the races together and providing equal opportunity,” Mr. Barr said. “I think law enforcement has been going through the same process.”
Just as a the rioters don't represent all protesters, abusive policemen don't represent all police.
It's critical to be specific when identitying the problem.
Through specificity, we're able to determine an actual solution.
Just as you have to recognize the problem of "radical Islamic extremism," we must acknowledge "rare cases of police brutality against ALL races."
If we label the problem incorrectly, we will be unable to fix it.
The diagnosis must be accurate.
And an accurate diagnosis is exactly what AG Barr is providing.