A Forsyth County man accused of allegedly plotting an explosive terrorist attack on the White House and other federal buildings in Washington, D.C. has pleaded not guilty to the charge laid against him by the U.S. Department of Justice, according to court records.
Hasher Jallal Taheb, 21, of Cumming, was arrested Jan. 16 after he allegedly met with undercover FBI agents in Buford attempting to sell vehicles to buy weapons, including semi-automatic weapons, improvised explosive devices, a shoulder-fired anti-armor weapon and hand grenades that they would use in the attack on Jan. 17 after traveling to Washington, D.C.
Taheb has been charged with allegedly attempting “to damage by means of explosive any building owned, possessed, or leased by the United States,” according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court.
The complaint states that an FBI confidential source first made contact with Taheb on or about Aug. 25, 2018 and over the next five months, Taheb allegedly made plans with the FBI source and another FBI undercover employee for the alleged plot.
The Associated Press previously reported that Taheb appeared in U.S. District Court in late January, when a motion to place Taheb under 24-hour lockdown at his mother's home in Cumming was denied by U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan Baverman.
According to the Associated Press, Baverman stated during the hearing that there was evidence that Taheb “actively instigated and planned” an attack and should remain in custody while the case proceeds.
On Feb. 1, Taheb appeared in court for the formal reading of his charge before U.S. Magistrate Judge Russell G Vineyard, entering a plea of not guilty, court records show.
Attempts to reach the attorneys representing Taheb for comment, were unsuccessful as of press time.