The suspected leader of a New Mexico militia group allegedly boasted of plans to assassinate former President Barack Obama, the FBI has said.
Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 69, and his group United Constitutional Patriots, also plotted to target Hillary Clinton and billionaire George Soros, according to a tip received by the FBI.
It is unclear when he allegedly made these comments, which were included in court papers released this week.
His lawyer has denied the allegations.
“He says that is categorically false that that’s what they were doing,” Kelly O’Connell told NBC News. “There was no plan to do any of that.”
Mr Hopkins appeared in court in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on Monday, charged with being a convicted criminal in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
He was arrested on Saturday, just days after the group hit the headlines for detaining migrants in the desert near the US-Mexico border.
The small volunteer group argues it is helping US Border Patrol to deal with a surge in migrants crossing America’s southern border, but their actions – caught on camera – earned widespread condemnation from civil rights groups and local officials.
The FBI were…