A New Jersey man is facing federal charges after allegedly discussing several bombings, including at Trump Tower in New York. Officials say 20-year-old Jonathan Xie attempted to provide material support to terrorists, made threats against pro-Israel groups in the U.S., and also discussed bombing the Israeli consulate in Manhattan.
It’s also alleged that he tried to enlist in the U.S. Army, supposedly for training purposes. As for how officials were tipped to act on Xie – as he’d reportedly been under surveillance for some time – court documents say that late last month, Xie posted two photos of Trump Tower to his Instagram account. One had the words “I want to bomb Trump Tower" emblazoned over the photo, and the other was accompanied by “[S]hould I bomb Trump Tower,” a “Yes/No” poll, along with an emoji of a bomb.
Xie is expected to face a judge for the first time today.
Source: NBC News