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It’s the latest baseless prediction from conspiracy theorists on the fringes of social media: Donald Trump will somehow be reinstated as president as soon as next month. Yet the claims — pushed by QAnon adherents and MyPillow CEO and pitchman Mike Lindell — are enough to put FBI Director Christopher Wray and other top national security officials on alert for the risk that the former president’s most ardent supporters might again resort to violence. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security have been providing information to federal, state and local officials about the potential for domestic terrorism over the summer. In June, DHS issued a document saying followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory may turn to violence because their expectations that Trump should have been inaugurated in January haven’t been fulfilled. Some are likely to believe “they have an obligation to change from serving as digital soldiers toward engaging in real world violence,” according to the document. And, of course, we’re going to be looking at how we review and evaluate open-source information, social media, that kind of thing.”

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