Ohio Man Charged With Plotting Attack On U.S. Capitol

An Ohio man was charged with planning an attack on the U.S. Capitol. Officials arrested him on Wednesday afternoon.

However, officials said the man was dealing with an undercover agent throughout his plans. He was never in a position to carry out the plan and put the public in danger.

The Ohio man arrested for the plot to attack the U.S. Capitol was Christopher Lee Cornell, 20, from Green Township. Officials explained he grabbed their attention when he began posting comments on Twitter that supported ISIS. He was doing this under the alias name Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah. FBI agents quickly saw these posts and sent an undercover agent to meet him.

When Cornell met the FBI operative, he said he wanted “to go forward with violent jihad.” He wanted this because U.S.-born propagandist Anwar al-Awlaki encouraged and inspired violent actions before Awlaki was killed by a U.S. drone strike in 2011. Cornell also told the undercover operative that he aligned himself with ISIS.

The Islamic State is an extremist terrorist organization that seeks to create a fundamentalist religious state across the Sunni areas in Iraq and Syria.

The FBI said during a meeting in November that Cornell planned to “build, plant, and detonate pipe bombs at and near the U.S. Capitol.” Then he wanted to “shoot and kill employees and officials.” Cornell considered members of Congress to be “enemies.”

Cornell was arrested in Ohio after he purchased two assault-style rifles and 600 rounds of ammunition in front of the undercover FBI agent. He never bought any components for pipe bombs in front of the agent.

The Ohio man who planned an attack on the U.S. Capitol was charged with the attempted killing of a U.S. government officer and possession of a firearm in furtherance of attempted crime of violence.

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