Militia leader arrested at border claimed to have trained to assassinate Obama, Hillary Clinton: court documents
The leader of a militia group responsible for kidnapping and holding hostage hundreds of migrants at the border claimed to have been training to assassinate President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Court documents unsealed on Monday claim that the FBI went to Larry Mitchell Hopkins’s home in New Mexico when witnesses had passed on those statements as well as reports of seeing militia members with guns at Hopkins's home.
Hopkins, aka Johnny Horton Jr., was charged on Monday for being a felon in possession of the firearms found in that 2017 search, which recovered nine weapons as well as ammunition. Hopkins is leader of the United Constitutional Patriots, and has a history of vigilantism. One of the three convictions that banned him from owning guns was criminal impersonation of a "peace officer" in Oregon. Hopkins's lawyer says that the guns aren't Hopkins's and that his arrest and current charges "is not dealing with what is happening down here," meaning the illegal detention of migrants.
The unsealed court documents reveal that witnesses saw as many as 20 militia members "armed with AK-47 rifles and other firearms" at Hopkins's home. The documents say that "Hopkins also allegedly made the statement that the United Constitutional Patriots were training to assassinate George Soros, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, because of these individuals' support of Antifa."
Hopkins was "living at the camp near the border fence" according to a spokesman for the group of militiamen posing as border agents. According to spokesman, Hopkins/Horton "didn't have a gun. He didn't bring a gun. Johnny did not bring a gun" and was just a "Vietnam veteran who was cooking meals for people at the camp." A "victim" who was just feeding those impersonating law enforcement officers and "helping to enforce the laws of America on immigration."