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Leader of armed group at U.S. border boasted of assassination training -FBI

23 April 2019

The leader of an armed group had boasted about training to assassinate former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, an FBI agent said in court papers on Monday. Larry Hopkins, leader of the United Constitutional Patriots group, was arrested Friday on a weapons charge.

The FBI in court papers filed on Monday said that while investigating Hopkins' group in 2017 witnesses had accused Hopkins of saying the UCP was planning to assassinate Obama, former Democratic presidential candidate Clinton and financier George Soros. Critics including the American Civil Liberties Union accuse the UCP of being vigilantes who illegally detain and kidnap migrants by impersonating law enforcement. Hopkins was arrested one day after New Mexico's Democratic Governor ordered an investigation of the group, saying in a tweet that menacing or threatening migrant families and asylum-seekers is absolutely unacceptable and must cease.