AG Barr: Portland Protesters Using ‘Knives, Rifles, and Explosive Devices’

The Associated Press
The Associated Press

Attorney General William Barr told House Judiciary Committee Members Tuesday that rioters in Portland, Oregon, brought “knives, rifles, and explosives” as they gathered outside federal property every night during the last two months.

He made clear they are bringing other more rudimentary weapons as well.

Barr said, “Every night for the past two months a mob of hundreds of rioters have laid siege to the federal courthouse and other nearby federal property. The rioters have come equipped for fighting. Armed with powerful slingshots, tasers, sledge hammers, saws, knives, rifles, and explosives devices.”

He noted that a “relatively small number of federal personnel” are stationed inside the courthouse in order to defend it and observed, “What unfolds nightly around the courthouse cannot reasonably be called ‘protest.'”

Barr added, “It is by any objective measure an assault on the government of the United States.”

Portland police discovered a bag with loaded rifles magazines and Molotov cocktails during the Sunday night protest, Breitbart News reported.

Portland police tweeted a photo of the contraband:

Also on Monday, the Department of Justice tweeted photos containing a broader array of weapons seized during riots outside Portland’s federal courthouse:

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