FBI’s suspicions of a terrorist plot may be a broader pattern

David DePape planned attacks on other politicians besides Pelosi, prosecutors allege.

By the time he was arrested on September 27, 2019, federal authorities believed that at least 80 people were involved in an American Islamic terror plot to murder public officials across America, the New York Times reports.

According to court documents, DePape and his co-conspirators hatched a plan to bomb Republican politicians, law enforcement officers, and private citizens to avenge the imprisonment of his brother, who was convicted of a lesser offense in the same federal case that landed DePape in prison.

DePape’s plot was foiled when authorities realized that his co-conspirators were trying to smuggle explosives into US airspace – a major setback for a plot that federal agents had been following for days, The Times reports. But the failed terrorist attack may have cost the United States more than it could ever have hoped for:

The planned attack against law enforcement facilities would have included the detonation of an improvised explosive device at a local police station, one at a state or federal building where an agency was headquartered, or one at a major bridge or highway. The document obtained by The Times says there were several potential targets.

The fact that the FBI believed so many other suspects may have been conspiring to commit a terror attack against public officials – and were, in fact, attempting to do so – points to a pattern that goes far beyond the one terrorist charged in the failed plot.

FBI Director Christopher Wray was asked on Sunday about whether any of the other suspects may have been part of a broader scheme to harm civilians.

“I can’t talk about an ongoing investigation, we always talk about the broader investigation, but at the same time I can’t talk about who was part of it,” Wray said on CBS News.

He noted that the New York Times has written extensively about the potential plot. “But this is not a crime that was committed only by [the defendants], as we have said many

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