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- Authorities and Marjorie Taylor Greene have said she was the target of swatting — not a DOJ raid.
U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has been critical of the recent FBI search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. But the Republican from Georgia was not personally subjected to a search by the Department of Justice.
A recent Instagram post claims otherwise.
"BREAKING," the caption on the Aug. 24 post says. "Marjorie Taylor Greene was raided by Joe Biden’s DOJ last night." It included a screenshot of an Aug. 24 tweet by Greene that said she had been "swatted just after 1 a.m." that day.
Swatting is a crime that involves making a hoax 911 call to send police to someone’s residence for fabricated reasons that often include hostages, gunfire and violence.
The Instagram post has since been removed. Before its removal, it was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
Greene didn’t tweet or suggest that the DOJ was behind the visit to her home, and a statement from local police said their response to the home was based on a false call.
"I can’t express enough gratitude to my local law enforcement here in Rome, Floyd County," Greene’s tweet said.
Later that day, the Rome Police Department issued a statement that officers had responded to a 911 call that referenced someone being shot multiple times. As officers were en route to the address provided, they were told it was Greene’s home, according to an incident report from the department, obtained and published by Politico, among other news organizations.
Once they arrived, Greene "assured the officers there was no issue and the call was determined to be a false call commonly known as ‘swatting,’" the police statement said.
In a second, subsequent 911 call someone using a computer-generated voice said they were upset by Greene’s political views on transgender youth rights. They said they were trying to "SWAT" her, according to the incident report.
The report said the suspect claimed to be connected to a website that supports cyberstalking and stated their username. But the Daily Dot reported that the username "belongs to an admin on the site known for doxxing, swatting, and anti-transgender posts, suggesting that the caller’s alleged motives and identity may have been fabricated."
At any rate, there’s no evidence to support the claim that the DOJ raided Greene’s home. We rate that claim False.
Instagram post, Aug. 24, 2022
Axios, Marjorie Taylor Greene drafts articles of impeachment against Merrick Garland, Aug. 13, 2022
Marjorie Taylor Greene Instagram post, Aug. 9, 2022
Marjorie Taylor Greene tweet, Aug. 24, 2022
Seattle Police Department, Protect yourself from swatting, visited Aug. 24, 2022
Claire Simms tweet, Aug. 24, 2022
Daily Dot, EXCLUSIVE: Police say ‘computer-generated voice’ behind swatting attempt of Marjorie Taylor Greene, Aug. 24, 2022
Rome Police Department report, Aug. 24, 2022
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