Bank of America released transaction details to federal authorities investigating Capitol Riot, report says

Bank of America has searched customer transactions to target people who may have been involved in the Capitol Riot and has turned over information to federal authorities, according to a new report.

At the request of federal investigators, the bank identified 211 customers who fit the profile after making purchases in the DC area or spending money on flights or accommodation in the days around the violent riot, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson claimed Thursday.

Carlson reported that a person identified by their transactions was interviewed but had no connection with the event, as he accused the bank of spying on its customers and sharing their private information without their knowledge.

He also accused the bank of treating its customers “like a member of Al Qaeda” for passing on the information.

Carlson then accused the left of “creating extremists like they did in Iraq” as he lashed out at federal attempts to identify domestic terrorists from the Capitol Riot, saying it “was increasing dramatically the chances that something really horrible will happen “.

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Fox News’ Tucker Carlson claimed Thursday that Bank of America turned over information about its customers to federal agents in the wake of the Capitol riot on January 6.

Bank of America Says Law Cannot Comment on Law Enforcement Relations

Bank of America Says Law Cannot Comment on Law Enforcement Relations

At the opening of his Thursday night show, Carlson spoke at length about the Bank of America report, after criticizing the federal investigation into their “hunt for political extremists.”

“On some level, that doesn’t sound bad. Because no sane person is for political extremism, especially violent extremism, ”he said, but argued that they“ need to be more specific ”in the research.

“Here is the remarkable thing about this public conversation that we are having. Nobody does that. Have you noticed None of these newly energized and highly empowered extremist hunters have told us exactly what an extremist is, ”he continued.

Carlson then revealed new allegations regarding Bank of America’s actions in which he claimed America’s second-largest bank, with over 60 million customers, is “actively but secretly engaged in cooperative extremist hunting. with the government “.

“Bank of America shares, without the knowledge or consent of its customers, private information with federal law enforcement agencies,” Carlson said.

“Bank of America is effectively acting as an intelligence agency. But they don’t tell you about it.

He reported that the bank had scoured the files of Americans “who had not committed any crime”, looking for customers who met certain criteria.

These included people who made debit or credit card purchases in Washington, DC between January 5 and 6, and those who made purchases for hotels and AirBnb reservations in Washington, VA. or in Maryland after January 6.

He said the bank had reviewed Americans' files

He said the bank had looked at the files of Americans “who had committed no crime”, looking for customers who met certain criteria, as noted above.

The criteria also included those who made accommodation reservations

The criteria also included those who made accommodation reservations

And the people who had bought weapons or planes, as in the photo

And the people who had bought weapons or planes, as in the photo

Other criteria, he claimed, included people who had made arms purchases or purchases from an arms dealer between January 7 and their next alleged stay in DC or a purchase related to an arms dealer. airline since January 6.

Host Fox called the profile “remarkably wide” and claimed he was casting an “absurdly wide net”.

“Any overnight stay anywhere in the tri-state area. It stretches for hundreds of kilometers, ”he fumed.

“And then all the airline-related purchases. Not just flights to Washington, flights to anywhere, to Omaha, to Thailand. ‘

He also lambasted the bank for then passing on information on the 221 people identified “without notifying the customers who were being spied on.”

He claimed that federal investigators interviewed one of those people who “had done nothing wrong and was ultimately cleared”.

It is not known on what grounds the person was allegedly questioned and whether this was linked to terrorism charges.

Bank of America said it was required by federal law to comply with the requests

Bank of America said it was required by federal law to comply with the requests

Carlson criticized the bank for treating its customers like

Carlson criticized the bank for treating its customers like “a member of Al Qaeda”

There is no federal law that explicitly accuses domestic terrorism crimes, but prosecutors have successfully used other laws to cover up behavior that could reasonably be considered terrorism, including on Capitol Hill.

“Imagine if you were that person? Carlson fumed.

“The FBI is having you questioned as part of a terrorist investigation. Not because you did something suspicious. You do not have. You bought plane tickets and visited the capital of your country. You thought you could do it. You thought it was your country.

“Now they sweat you because your bank, to which you entrust your most private information, the information on everything you buy has reported you to the Fed without telling you without your knowledge.

“Because Bank of America did this, you are treated like a member of Al Qaeda. What country is it?

‘It actually happened to someone. It’s hard to believe, but it is.

Carlson then claimed that Bank of America confirmed that this actually happened “by not denying it”.

“We do not comment on our communications with law enforcement,” the bank said in a statement to Fox.

“All banks,” he continues, “have a responsibility under federal law to cooperate with law enforcement in full compliance with the law.”

Federal agents reportedly searched for those involved in the January 6 Capitol riot

Federal agents reportedly searched for those involved in the January 6 Capitol riot

The allegedly interviewed a person identified by the bank who was innocent of any crime

The allegedly interviewed a person identified by the bank who was innocent of any crime

Carlson lambasted the statement alleging that Bank of America had a choice and said its actions could be challenged in court.

“Bank of America had a choice. The bank could have resisted disclosing information about its innocent customers to federal investigators. But Bank of America did not do this.

DailyMail.com has also reached out to Bank of America and a representative said he was unable by law to comment on the claims or his potential dealings with law enforcement, referring to the same statement offered to Fox. News.

Banks are required by law to cooperate with law enforcement investigations under pain of criminal and civil penalties.

There are also specific laws that prohibit banks from disclosing information about these transactions with law enforcement.

These include the Bank Secrecy Act which requires financial institutions in the United States to help US government agencies detect and prevent money laundering.

Capital One Financial Corp was fined $ 390 million last month for engaging in what the U.S. government has called willful and negligent violations of bank secrecy law.

It is not known at what other times Bank of America, or other U.S. banks, may have been asked to provide customer information.

Later on the show, Carlson again targeted the federal authorities’ definition of “domestic terrorism” by accusing them of not explaining what it is.

“We’re starting to believe they don’t define it for a reason,” he said.

He compared the events of January 6 to September 11 and said the pro-Trump mob “was not terrorism, it was a riot”

“So I wonder if this is the pretext on which they justify the suspension of the 9/11 level surveillance of civil liberties indeed martial law on Capitol Hill?” That’s it?’ the host asked.

He spoke to conservative commentator Saagar Enjet who said: “I am deeply disturbed by the people who have ruined Iraq and Afghanistan and are now trying to bring their methods to the United States.”

“They create extremists like they did in Iraq,” Carlson admitted.

“Make absolute certainty that someone is going to go into total madness and do something terrible. I mean, they drive people crazy. And dramatically increasing the chances that something really horrible will happen. I am upset about this.

After the riot, Bank of America had already declared he would review [its] decision-making criteria ”when it comes to making political donations.

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