FBI says man with 200-pound bomb had Election Day plot
The Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters is shown in Washington. (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Jim Mustian, The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, October 10, 2018 6:12PM EDT
NEW YORK -- Federal authorities have charged a New York man with building a 200-pound (90-kilogram) bomb that he planned to detonate on Election Day on the National Mall in Washington.
Paul Rosenfeld, of Tappan, was charged Wednesday with unlawfully manufacturing a destructive device and interstate transportation and receipt of an explosive.
Prosecutors say he planned to use the bomb to kill himself and draw attention to a political system called sortation, in which public officials are chosen randomly rather than elected.
It was not immediately clear whether Rosenfeld had an attorney.
Authorities say in a court complaint that the FBI found a functional bomb in Rosenfeld's basement during a raid Tuesday.
The FBI says in court filings that Rosenfeld confessed to ordering large quantities of black powder over the internet.