RELEASE: Gottheimer: The government must check Bitcoin transfers to old right-wing extremists before Capitol attacks
Fun Fact: Did Foreign Bitcoin Transfers Fund The Failed Uprising?
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) called on the Justice Department and federal agencies to double the investigative effort into the reported Bitcoin transfer of more than $ 520,000 to multiple right-wing groups and extremist figures, what to The US Capitol led the fatally failed attacks by the insurgents.
Federal agencies are currently investigating a $ 522,000 worth of Bitcoin transfer to twenty-two different wallets belonging to multiple right-wing groups and extremists, one month before the January 6, 2021 attack. The largest donation – approximately $ 250,000 – went to a right-wing internet troll who reportedly attended the first rally in Washington, DC on January 6 and was seen outside the US Capitol at the start of the riot.
“After the deadly attack on the US Capitol, Americans deserve to know whether Bitcoin worth more than half a million dollars helped finance the failed uprising. Are Foreign Units Paying Right-Wing Extremists To Try To Overthrow the US Government? Are there other cryptocurrency transfers to extremist groups that we don’t know about yet? ” asked today Congressman Josh Gottheimer, a member of the House Financial Services Committee and Homeland Security Committee. “We know that this is not an isolated incident. We know that other terrorist actors and foreign groups use cryptocurrency to fund their attacks. Our federal agencies and the Justice Department must actively redouble their investigations and promptly inform Congress to get to the bottom of this. “
Gottheimer is the main sponsor of the non-partisan Assets Freezing of Suspected Terrorists and Enemy Recruits (FASTER) Act to enable law enforcement agencies to freeze the assets of all domestic terrorists if a suspect is arrested by federal law enforcement agencies. In addition, a unique national home-made terrorism incident clearinghouse will be established, allowing all levels of law enforcement to collect and share information on domestic terrorism incidents, lone wolf terrorism and violent extremism incidents to investigate and thwart future attacks.
Gottheimer is also the main sponsor of bipartisan legislation – the Online Terrorism Prevention Act – to require regular disclosure of the presence of designated foreign terrorist organizations on social media websites and to impose social and criminal penalties on social media companies that do not contain terrorist content eliminate from their platforms.
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