Marjorie Taylor Greene Calls for FBI Purge Over Crackdown on Militia Logos

Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene called for the purging of the FBI after the agency seemingly listed a series of groups and their logos that it said were indicative of "militia violent extremism" in a leaked training document.

The "Domestic Terrorism Symbols Guide," obtained by far-right organization Project Veritas, includes common images such as the Betsy Ross flag (an earlier design of the U.S. flag that features 13 stars instead of 50), the Gadsden flag, the Gonzales battle flag, and the Liberty Tree.

In the bulletin's introduction, the FBI stressed that simply using the symbols or terms is not evidence of wrongdoing. The document also lists U.S. Capitol riots shooting victim Ashli Babbitt as someone considered a "martyr" by militia violent extremists (MVE) and the Second Amendment as how militias "justify their existence" because of the right to bear arms.

Newsweek has not been able to verify the document, which was marked as "unclassified/law enforcement sensitive." The FBI appeared to reference it in a statement on Thursday to Newsweek.

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has called for the purging of the FBI after the agency seemingly listed a series of groups and their logos indicative of “militia violent extremism” in a leaked training document. Above, Greene speaks at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit on July 23, 2022, in Tampa, Florida. Joe Raedle

"So this is shocking and it's completely wrong," Greene said in a webcast on Thursday. "The FBI needs to be purged of individuals that have this and think that these, these logos, are examples of violent extremism because they're not."

"As a matter of fact, most regular Americans all over America have these symbols and logos and do not think that actually [Ashli] Babbitt is in any way shape, or form a person that inspires them to attack the United States government," the Georgia Republican added.

She said she was shocked that the Punisher skull was included in the bulletin to be a symbol associated with violent militia extremism. The Punisher is a Marvel comic book character, a vigilante who kills the corrupt and criminal to seek vengeance for the death of his family. The late Navy Seal marksman Chris Kyle had adopted the logo during his time in Iraq, and Greene called him a "great American sniper who we considered to be a hero."

"What is happening to the FBI? I think that's a question we should ask," she added.

Other Republicans appear to see the bulletin as evidence of federal government animosity towards conservatives.

On Thursday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz slammed his boot on a table during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday while expressing concerns that the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice have become "thoroughly politicized."

"I will self-report right now that every day in the Senate I wear my boots that have the Gonzales battle flag on the back," he said, before slapping the boot on the table. The flag is linked to the 1835 Battle of Gonzales, during which the first shots were fired in the Texas Revolution. It depicts a cannon, with a lone star above and the words "Come and Take It" underneath.

Cruz criticized FBI director Christopher Wray in the hearing for not including leftwing groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter.

"Instead, you identify patriotic Americans as suspect," Cruz said.

Newsweek reached out to the FBI for comment.