The Ohio man accused of plotting a lethal assault on Capitol Hill informed a neighborhood information station that he would have shot President Barack Obama within the head had he not been arrested.
Twenty-year-old Christopher Cornell, who was arrested made the incendiary comment – threatening to kill the president – to native Fox affiliate WXIX throughout a phone interview from jail. Generally, that crime is classed as a Class D felony.
Cornell was arrested in January for allegedly plotting to assault the US Capitol and kill legislators.
Cornell stated that, had he had not been arrested by FBI brokers, he would have carried out an alleged plot to plant pipe bombs on the Capitol and on the Israeli Embassy – a plan that he says was organized by the Islamic State.
“What would I have done? I would have took my gun, I would have put it to Obama’s head and I would have pulled the trigger,” Cornell informed WXIX in a phone interview from a Boone County, Kentucky jail that aired on Friday.
“Then I would have released more bullets on the Senate and the House of Representative members, and I would have attacked the Israeli Embassy and various other buildings full of kafir (a Muslim term for infidel) who want to wage war against us Muslims and shed our blood. That’s what would happen.”
Cornell was arrested by the FBI on January 14 after he reportedly researched how you can make pipe bombs, bought a rifle and 600 rounds of ammunition, and made plans to journey to Washington to hold out the plot.
He went on to say he believes there are extra assaults to come back and there are numerous others like him all through the United States – particularly naming Texas, Ohio, New York City, the District of Columbia and extra.
Cornell stated he was preventing towards “the continued American aggression against our people and the fact that America, specifically, President Obama, wants to wage war against the Islamic State.”
He added that whereas folks could name him a terrorist, he and others like him view American troops the identical means. He accused US troopers of “coming to our lands, invading, stealing our resources and killing our people, raping our women.” He additionally criticized US assist for Israel, saying they’re getting used to “kill our children in Palestine every single day.”
WXIX reported that Cornell’s current statements have saddened his mother and father John and Carmen Cornell, each of whom beforehand caught by him in January.
“Everybody is making him out to be a terrorist they usually carry on calling him a terrorist. He is just not a terrorist, he is a superb particular person. He is a superb son and I like him and I’m going to stay by him,” stated Carmen at a listening to for Cornell on the time.
But after they heard the interview, John Cornell stated it was his son talking and added, “The kid has totally lost his mind. If he wants to sink himself for life, then we need to move on.” It is just not solely his mother and father who would possibly see issues otherwise. The feedback may additionally have an effect on the result of Cornell’s case.