Investigators said that Adam Bies of Mercer, Pennsylvania, has been threatening federal agents on the social media site Gab for months. Agents weren’t alerted to Bies’ posts until after the search at Mar-a-Lago.
According to court documents, Bies, who posted under the username “BlankFocus,” repeatedly threatened to kill FBI agents. In a series of posts on August 11 — three days after the search — Bies allegedly wrote that he was willing to die in order to harm as many FBI agents as possible.
“I sincerely believe that if you work for the FBI, then you deserve to DIE,” Bies wrote in one post, according to court documents. In another, he allegedly wrote: “My only goal is to kill more of them before I drop. I will not spend one second of my life in their custody.”
Bies also railed against the CEO of Gab after apparently receiving a warning about his posts, according to court documents, and against FBI Director Christopher Wray, who has denounced threats against agents.
“Hey a**hole. Why don’t you send them my threats so that they’d at least have something credible to show on Fox News,” Bies allegedly wrote, adding that other posts highlighted in a local Fox article targeting the FBI were “nowhere near ‘threats.'”
Bies has been charged with influencing, impeding or retaliating against federal law enforcement officers, according to court documents. He has not yet entered a plea, and there is no indication in court records that Bies acted on the threats.
A lawyer of Bies is not yet listed on the docket.