New Justice Department head erroneously says bomber had help

Matthew Whitaker Photo: AP
Matthew Whitaker

November 21, 2018 01:51 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker erroneously told an audience of law enforcement officials that a terrorist who set off bombs in New York and New Jersey had two co-conspirators overseas.

Whitaker made the remarks about the case of convicted bomber Ahmad Rahimi on Wednesday while addressing members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force in New York.

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He told the group Rahimi had "two alleged co-conspirators" and that one was in custody. There were actually no co-conspirators.

After receiving media inquiries, a Justice Department spokeswoman said the agency was issuing a "correction."

Rahimi was sentenced to life in prison in February for detonating bombs that exploded in Manhattan and at a running event in New Jersey.

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By MICHAEL BALSAMO and JIM MUSTIAN

(Copyright 2018 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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