Are Antifa Members Domestic Terrorists? Background on Antifa and Federal Classification of Their Actions [Updated June 9, 2020] [open pdf - 461KB]
From the Document: "On May 31, 2020, President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that the United States will be designating 'antifa'-- this term is applied to an organization of loosely affiliated individuals who describe themselves and their ideological outlooks as 'antifa' (shorthand for 'antifascist')--as a domestic terrorist group. Some media and law enforcement reports suggest that antifa members may be responsible for some of the violence and looting that has taken place amid the protests that have occurred recently in various U.S. cities. Further, some reports indicate that antifa members have been involved in peaceful protests as well. This In Focus discusses the background ofthe U.S. antifa movement, whether or not members and their actions may be categorized as domestic terrorists and domestic terrorism,respectively, and issues around designating domestic groups as terrorists."
CRS In Focus, IF10839
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/