Americans With ‘Trump’ or ‘Maga’ Payment Messages Flagged by Feds

( – In an absolutely outrageous revelation proving the left has indeed weaponized the US government against American patriots, House Republicans have revealed that federal authorities do flag Americans’ financial transactions if those mention terms such as “Trump” and “MAGA.”

Federal agencies have been monitoring Americans’ financial transactions for the use of terms like “Trump” and “MAGA,” according to new documents obtained by the House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government.

These terms are flagged for financial institutions when Americans use them in their transactions, The Washington Times reports.

Additionally, GOP lawmakers on the panel indicated that transactions at stores such as Cabela’s or Dick’s Sporting Goods or the purchase of religious texts like the Bible may also be flagged.

US Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), chairman of the select subcommittee and the House Judiciary Committee, has taken action by sending a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray.

This letter requests a transcribed interview from Peter Sullivan, a senior member of the FBI.

Jordan also requested a similar interview with Noah Bishoff, formerly of the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).

In his letter to Bishoff, Jordan wrote that after January 6, FinCEN sent information to financial institutions.

This information included “typologies” of certain individuals and suggested search terms and Merchant Category Codes (MCCs) for identifying transactions on behalf of law enforcement.

Jordan highlighted a document from FinCEN recommending the use of terms like “TRUMP” and “MAGA” to search payment messages, along with an analysis of indicators of “Lone Actor/Homegrown Violent Extremism.”

This analysis warned financial institutions about extremism indicators, such as “transportation charges, such as bus tickets, rental cars, or plane tickets, for travel to areas with no apparent purpose,” or “the purchase of books (including religious texts) and subscriptions to other media containing extremist views.”

“In other words, FinCEN urged large financial institutions to comb through the private transactions of their customers for suspicious charges on the basis of protected political and religious expression,” Jordan writes.

He also mentioned documents showing FinCEN’s distribution of slides explaining how to use MCC codes to detect customers potentially involved in dangerous activities.

These slides instructed looking for transactions using specific MCC codes and keywords, including names of sporting goods stores.

“Despite these transactions having no apparent criminal nexus — and, in fact, relate to Americans exercising their Second Amendment rights — FinCEN seems to have adopted a characterization of these Americans as potential threat actors,” Jordan wrote.

He expressed concerns about the extent of financial surveillance and its implications for civil liberties.

The documents also show that the FBI, including Sullivan, provided Bank of America with specific search terms and broadly characterized certain political beliefs as indicative of domestic violent extremism.

A report titled “Domestic Violent Extremists Likely Emboldened in Aftermath of Capitol Breach” was distributed to financial institutions, alerting them about the potential influence of the Capitol riot on various domestic violent extremists.

This report linked various socio-political issues, such as firearm legislation and COVID-19 mitigation measures, to potential violence.