Court records show foiled assassination plot on Joe Biden this May

by Joel Abbott · Oct 23rd, 2020 4:19 pm
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Last Updated Oct 26th, 2020 at 11:33 am

A man charged with possession of child pornography last month also reportedly had planned to assassinate former Vice President Joe Biden.

Alexander Hillel Treisman, 19, was arrested after police in North Carolina responded to a May 28 report of an abandoned vehicle and found Treisman's van loaded with weapons, $509,000 in cash, and explosives.

"Through the windows, [Kannapolis] officers observed an AR-15 style rifle, a box for a Taurus .380 handgun, a canister of the explosive material Tannerite, and a box of 5.56 caliber ammunition," wrote a federal judge in a September court order.

After police towed the van, they found the cash – believed to be Treisman's inheritance – in addition to books about about survival, bomb making, terrorism, drawings of "swastikas and planes crashing into buildings," and five firearms.

The records also reveal Treisman – who is originally from Washington – allegedly traveled to a Wendy's within four miles of Biden's Delaware home in Delaware earlier in May, wrote a checklist detailing his assassination plans ending with the word "execute," and purchased an AR-15 rifle in New Hampshire.

Treisman was arrested after returning for his van in a Honda Accord, which authorities say had an additional two handguns. Police also seized 15 electronic devices containing more than 1,200 videos of child pornography and driver's licenses from three states.

Authorities say they found a 2019 note on the devices that detailed "a plan to perform a mass shooting at mall food court on Christmas or Black Friday."

A review of Treisman's internet history revealed that he had reportedly searched for Biden's address, rifle parts, gun laws, and night vision goggles. He reportedly posted a meme on the platform iFunny with the caption, "Should I kill Joe Biden?" and posted on another forum saying he "was going to do a Columbine for a while," referring to the infamous 1999 school shooting in Colorado.

The FBI assisted local police in the case as part of the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

"No combination of available release conditions would reasonably assure the safety of the community, and that a preponderance of evidence establishes that no conditions would ensure defendant's presence in court," wrote a judge in an October 6 order detailing why Treisman was to be held without bail.


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