Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Thursday claims that his team has received evidence that Bank of America is providing federal law enforcement agencies its customers’ private information as they hunt down those involved in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, accusing the bank of “effectively […] acting as an intelligence agency.”
In response, outraged customers are boycotting Bank of America, The Daily Mail reported Friday.
In a Thursday night segment on his show “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the conservative commentator reported that his team exclusively obtained evidence that the country’s largest bank, with over 60 million customers, in the days after the Capitol’s storming provided authorities its customers’ financial and transaction records of those who “fit a specific profile” at the request of federal investigators, all while without informing or asking for the consent of its customers.
According to Carlson, Bank of America identified a total of 211 customers who fit this profile—specifically those who on the dates surrounding the Capitol riot in the Washington, D.C. area made certain types of transactions.
“These were the private records of Americans who had committed no crime; people who, as far as we know, had absolutely nothing to do with what happened at the Capitol,” Carlson said.
At least one person, Carlson reported, was questioned by investigators but turned out to not have engaged in criminal wrongdoing and was subsequently cleared. None of the 211 individuals were reported to have been arrested.
The television host went on to accuse the bank of treating its customers like members of the international terrorist group Al Qaeda.
Carlson later on accused those on the left of “creating extremists like they did in Iraq,” also saying that such efforts to identify domestic terrorists from the January 6 riot was “dramatically elevating the chance that something really awful is going to happen.”
According to the report, Carlson’s team asked Bank of America for comment and the bank said: “We don’t comment on our communications with law enforcement. All banks have responsibilities under federal law to cooperate with law enforcement inquiries in full compliance with the law.”
By not denying collaboration with federal authorities, Carlson claimed, the bank “confirmed it actually happened.”
The specific profile investigators were looking for, according to the television host, was: “1. Customers confirmed as transacting, either through bank account debit card or credit card purchases in Washington, D.C. between 1/5 and 1/6. 2. Purchases made for Hotel/Airbnb RSVPs in DC, VA, and MD after 1/6. 3. Any purchase of weapons or at a weapons-related merchant between 1/7 and their upcoming suspected stay in D.C. area around Inauguration Day. 4. Airline related purchases since 1/6.”
Carlson’s report comes in the wake of the Biden administration late last month announcing a new initiative to assess and combat what it labels as “domestic violent extremism” (DVE).
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Hunter Biden Indicted on Federal Gun Charges Amidst Special Counsel Investigation
In a significant development, Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, was indicted on Thursday on federal gun charges as part of Special Counsel David Weiss’ ongoing investigation. The indictment alleges that Hunter Biden made false statements during the purchase of a firearm, among other charges.
The charges against Hunter Biden include:
• Making a false statement in the purchase of a firearm
• Making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a federal firearms licensed dealer
•Possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance
According to the indictment, the alleged incident occurred on or about October 12, 2018, in the District of Delaware. Hunter Biden is accused of knowingly making a false and fictitious written statement during the acquisition of a Colt Cobra 38SPL Revolver. According to reports from Fox News, the statement, submitted on Form 4473, falsely certified that he was not an unlawful user of, and addicted to, any stimulant, narcotic drug, or controlled substance.
Furthermore, the indictment further states that between October 12, 2018, and October 23, 2018, in the District of Delaware, Hunter Biden knowingly possessed the same firearm despite being an unlawful user of and addicted to controlled substances. This marks the first set of charges brought by Special Counsel David Weiss against Hunter Biden since being granted special counsel status.
The investigation came to public attention when it was reported by Fox News in 2021 that police had responded to an incident in 2018 involving a gun owned by Hunter Biden.
Reports state that, Hallie Biden, the widow of President Biden’s late son, Beau, who was in a relationship with Hunter at the time, discarded the gun. Hunter’s gun was thrown away in a dumpster near a market, located close to a school. It was subsequently revealed that Hunter Biden had purchased a gun earlier that same month.
Hunter Biden’s legal troubles do not end with the gun charges. Earlier in July, an original plea agreement collapsed, which would have seen him plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax counts for willful failure to pay federal income tax, thus avoiding jail time on a felony gun charge. Instead, he pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges and one felony gun charge.
Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed David Weiss as special counsel to oversee the Hunter Biden investigation and related matters. The White House has declined to comment on these developments, which continue to draw significant public and media attention.
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