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Trump’s acting attorney general incorrectly says NYC bomber had help

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker erroneously said Wednesday that a terrorist who set off bombs in New York and New Jersey last year had two “overseas” accomplices helping him.

Whitaker made the claims about the case of convicted terrorist Ahmad Rahimi while addressing a group of New York Police Department and FBI officials in Manhattan, The Associated Press reported.

Rahimi, a U.S. citizen born in Afghanistan, was sentenced to life in prison back in February after he detonated a series of bombs last year that wounded 31 people.{mosads}

Whitaker reportedly inaccurately told officials that the bomber had “two alleged co-conspirators overseas.” 

“One of them attempted to buy a plane ticket to come here and participate in those attacks. Now he’s getting a plane ride back to America but it’s an extradition order,” Whitaker was reported saying. 

However, the AP noted that there was no mention of co-conspirators at Rahimi’s trial and there are no reported extradition orders for his alleged accomplices.

A spokeswoman for the Justice Department told the AP that the agency would issue a “correction” for Whitaker’s claims and said his references to Rahimi’s nonexistent accomplices were “inadvertently” included in his remarks.

The comments were reportedly struck out of the text of Whitaker’s speech posted on the Justice Department’s website.

Whitaker was appointed acting attorney general earlier this month after President Trump asked former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign. Whitaker was previously Sessions’s chief of staff. 

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