October 27th, 2008
04:55 PM ET
5 years ago

Feds charge 2 with plot against Obama

Two men have been charged with a plot against Obama.
Two men have been charged with a plot against Obama.

(CNN) - Federal prosecutors in Tennessee have charged two men with plotting a "killing spree" against African-Americans that would have been capped with an attempt to kill Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

The U.S. attorney's office in Jackson, Tennessee, said Daniel Cowart, 20, and Paul Schlesselman, 18, were self-described white supremacists who met online through a mutual friend. They have been charged with illegal possession of a sawed-off shotgun, conspiracy to rob a federally licensed gun dealer and making threats against a presidential candidate.

Cowart and Schlesselman were arrested after an aborted robbery attempt last week, prosecutors said in a statement announcing the charges. They made their initial appearances before a federal judge Monday and are scheduled for a bond hearing Thursday in Memphis.


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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Matt

    Disgusting.

    October 27, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. CB

    wow!

    With progress comes protest...

    October 27, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. bij

    OMG
    it begins

    October 27, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. David, Silver Spring, MD

    This is what happens when Sarah Palin and John McCain start throwing out terms like "terrorist" and "socialist" at their rallies.

    October 27, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  5. Obama for President

    God bless Obama, his family, and this country!!!!!

    October 27, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. S. McCullough from Florida

    Who says racism does not exist?

    October 27, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. Laura - Voted Early

    So when do we expect McCain or Palin to say ' I am .... Daniel Cowart, 20, and Paul Schlesselman, 18 ' in their speech?

    October 27, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  8. Cammi317

    And I guess this news is supposed to scare me and deter me from voting for Obama, NOT! When you can beat em, scare em....LOL. That's not going to work this time around...

    October 27, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |