Man arrested at White House gate claimed Trump telepathy link

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A Virginia man claimed to have a bomb and an asteroid in the trunk of his auto after he was stopped at a White House checkpoint Saturday evening, according to an affidavit filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.

Keoughan went up to the White House checkpoint twice on the night he was arrested.

He also told Secret Service agents that the president had given him the vehicle he was driving as well as the bag with the asteroid and told him to say there was a bomb in the trunk, the court document says.

Keoughan was arrested and has been charged with threatening and conveying false information concerning the use of an explosive.

Keoughan reportedly said he was telepathically summoned to meet with the president, The Washington Times reported. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.

Asked by Secret Service agents whether there was a bomb in the vehicle, Keoughan said "that he had a very large, heavy bag in the trunk of his auto with an asteroid in it", according to the court document.

Meriweather ordered a 24-hour competency examination by D.C. court officials as requested by assistant federal defender Dani Jahn, which prosecutors did not oppose.

It was the second scare for the White House on Saturday after a person jumped over a barrier in front of the residence. He said the vehicle, a rental from Enterprise, was a black Chevy Impala with IN tags.

Keoughan said he was in touch with Trump telepathically through a process that let him communicate with high-level officials, the Secret Service and Delta Force, an elite Army unit, the affidavit said. He wandered the grounds for 16 minutes before he was found, the Secret Service has said.

He told law enforcement he was a "peaceful hippie" who doesn't have weapons and wasn't looking to hurt anyone.

The auto had been reported stolen from the Discovery Park area of Mill Mountain at 2:36 p.m. Friday, according to Roanoke police spokesman Scott Leamon. Investigators said the auto allegedly was involved in a collision with a construction zone sign along Interstate 66 in Virginia. "This is a test", he said before putting his hands in the air and being handcuffed. That same day, 58-year-old William Bryant Rawlinson of Silver Spring, Maryland, was arrested on a charge of unlawful entry after jumping a metal barrier just outside a White House fence.

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