PRESIDENT Donald Trump slammed the Justice Department on Tuesday for targeting the Black Lives Matters movement, saying it’s “not the first.”
Speaking at a campaign rally in West Virginia, Trump said the Justice and FBI departments have been using “tough and effective tactics” in their attacks on Black Lives matter groups for decades.
“I don’t know what the reason is for that,” Trump said.
“We need to know why these people are being targeted.”
“This is a big problem,” Trump continued, referring to the Justice department’s targeted arrests of Black Lives activists and protesters during the Black Power movement of the 1960s and ’70s.
“It’s a problem that is totally unfair, and it is a problem we have to fix,” Trump added.
“And I think that’s why I’ve made it very clear I want to see justice done, and I want them to get justice done.”
Trump, a frequent critic of the Justice Departments use of prosecutorial tactics, said he hopes Justice Department officials will be more transparent about the department’s approach to the Black Rights movement and that “this is a real problem.”
“We have a lot of problems,” Trump told supporters.
“I think that is why they have to be more open and more transparent.”
The Trump campaign later released a statement on the matter, saying that “the Justice Department has always taken a vigorous stand against racial injustice and racial injustice at every level of government.”
“At every level,” the statement continued, “we have always maintained a strong emphasis on the principle of racial justice and have pursued criminal prosecutions of individuals who commit criminal acts of violence against police officers, particularly Black and Latino people.”
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“The Justice Department is currently investigating possible civil rights violations by the FBI and the FBI’s Los Angeles field office in its crackdown on Black activists and Black Lives movement leaders during the Trump administration.
In August, it was revealed that the FBI had secretly obtained a warrant to search Trump Tower in New York.
Trump’s comments were a response to criticism of the Trump Administration’s efforts to track down and arrest the leaders of Black and Black-led civil rights groups, including Black Lives groups that are critical of the administration’s response to the crisis.
In October, Trump fired FBI Director James Comey over the bureau’s decision to review documents related to the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
The president had called the move “unprecedented.”