Men charged in impersonation plot deny trying to influence federal agents

Men charged in impersonation plot deny trying to influence federal agents

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  • During a detention hearing Monday and in court documents earlier, defense attorneys for Haider Ali and Arian Taherzadeh argued that the Justice Department was overblowing the actions of their clients, triggering a media frenzy full of false accusations.
  • “They have been making a mountain out of a molehill, and it is time for it to end,” Smith said.
  • In his filing, he wrote that there is no evidence of Ali having access to foreign money, and that the information he gave to the FBI during a voluntary interview shows he is not a “sophisticated party working with Pakistani intelligence.”
  • The Justice Department also revealed new information over the allegations during the hearing, saying it had new witnesses who saw the two men with pistols, and that one of the defendant’s lied about illegally owning a rifle.

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