Christopher Lee Cornell, age 20 and from Ohio, was arrested by authorities on charges that he had planned to bomb a government building with intent on killing a US official. However, his father claims that his son was set up by the FBI and that there is no way he is a terrorist.
As John Cornell Sr. stated, he knows his son better than anyone else. Cornell Sr. claims his son is a homebody, a “mommy’s boy”, and a good son who loves his pet cat named Mikey. Even Christopher’s own mother, Angela Carmen, chimes in by saying that her son had a normal upbringing, loves wrestling, and is a good person. Both parents love their son and vow to stand by his side.
Christopher Lee Cornell first got on the FBI’s radar a few months back after receiving information from an informant. According to the informant, Christopher had commented on Twitter using the alias “Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah” about supporting violent Jihad. Allegedly, Christopher had also posted a series of videos, statements, and other content that expressed his support of ISIS, a devastating terrorist group responsible for killing innocent people in Syria and Iraq.
Authorities stated that Christopher had plans to detonate several pipe bombs at a national landmark but also wanted to open fire on officials and employees as they tried to leave the area after hearing the explosions.
It is also reported that Christopher and the informant met over two days in October and again in November, where the informant was told that members of Congress were the enemy. Because of this, Christopher stated that he wanted to launch an attack on Washington’s US Capitol.
John Cornell Sr. added that he does not believe his son was capable of coming up with a sophisticated terror plot alone. He admitted that his son went to a mosque but now understands it was to have a meeting with an FBI informant. Cornell Sr. believes the informant was taking his son somewhere else and brainwashing him.
However, in preparing to head to Washington to carry out his plan, Christopher purchased two semi-automatic rifles along with 600 rounds of ammunition. Disputing this claim, his father said Christopher only had $1,200 in the bank, which was not enough money for those purchases and a trip. For that reason among others, he believes his son was set up by the FBI.
Christopher will be in court for his first appearance this coming Friday.