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Former D.C. cop likens Trump indictment to killing bin Laden

Osama bin Laden was killed on May 2, 2011, as part of a special operations unit raid on a compound in northern Pakistan.

Published: August 2, 2023 6:38pm

Michael Fanone, a CNN contributor and former Washington, D.C., police officer who sustained injuries during the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot has likened special counsel Jack Smith's indictment of former President Donald Trump to the 2011 killing of Al-Qaeda terrorist Osama bin Laden.

"Osama bin Laden was a terrorist who committed a horrific act against American people and against our Republic," he said Tuesday on the network. "And I believe Donald Trump is a terrorist who committed horrific acts against the American people."

The labelling of a former U.S. president as a "terrorist" on par with the architect of the deadliest terror attack in U.S. history followed host Laura Coates's challenge to Fanone about his claim to feel comparable pride in the country on the days of the Trump indictment and of bin Laden's death.

Osama bin Laden was killed on May 2, 2011, as part of a special operations unit raid on a compound in northern Pakistan. His death concluded a nearly ten-year manhunt that followed the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in which Al-Qaeda operatives seized control of civilian planes, crashing two into the World Trade Center in New York City and one into the Pentagon. A fourth plane went down in Pennsylvania after passengers fought back against the hijackers.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.

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