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FBI says man with 200-pound bomb had Election Day plot

2 months 4 days 21 hours ago Wednesday, October 10 2018 Oct 10, 2018 October 10, 2018 5:35 PM October 10, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
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NEW YORK (AP) - Federal authorities have charged a New York man with building a 200-pound 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.

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