Michael Hari Who Bid For Trump’s Mexican Border Wall, Charged In Bombing Of Mosque

The owner of a company that submitted a bid to build President Donald Trump‘s border wall, along with three other men have been arrested on federal charges for the bombing of a Minnesota mosque last August and the attempted bombing of an Illinois women’s health center in November 2017.

Michael Hari, 47, is accused of being the leader of a group that bombed a Minnesota mosque on Aug. 5, 2017, in an attempt to drive Muslims out of the US. The explosion caused a damaging fire just as morning prayers were about to begin, but no one was hurt.

Hari and two associates, Michael McWhorter, 29, Joe Morris, 22, were charged Tuesday with traveling some 500 miles from rural Clarence, Illinois, to carry out the Aug. 5 pipe-bomb assault on the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota, according to a criminal complaint filed in US district court Tuesday.

McWhorter said Hari was the bomb-maker and driver, and Morris was responsible for breaking one of the center’s windows.

Hari, the former sheriff’s deputy, had a background that included working in law enforcement, floating ideas for a border wall with Mexico, fleeing with his daughters to Central America during a custody dispute and suing the federal government for allegedly cutting in on his food-safety business.

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Hari has recently submitted one of about 200 bids to build Trump’s proposed Mexican border wall. He started a “global security firm,” called Crisis Resolution Security Services Inc. to make the bid.

McWhorter told federal agents that they did not intend to kill anyone, but wanted to “scare Muslims out of the country” and to “show them hey, you’re not welcome here, get the f— out,”.

Muslim leaders criticised the US president for not condemning the bombing, prompting Sebastian Gorka, at the time a White House national security adviser, to defend the president’s silence.

“There’s a great rule: all initial reports are false,” Gorka said in August, claiming a number of “alleged hate crimes . . . that turned out to actually have been propagated by the left.”

The four men, who called their group the “White Rabbit Three Percent Illinois Patriot Freedom Fighters Militia.”  were charged Tuesday with possession of a machine gun in Illinois, federal prosecutors there say.

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