January 25, 2017 at 1:03 pm EST | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Prosecutors offer plea deal to Comet Pizza gunman
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A gunman fired shots inside Comet pizza in December. (Photo by Elizabeth Murphy; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s office offered a plea bargain on Tuesday to the North Carolina man arrested on Dec. 4 for entering D.C.’s Comet Ping Pong pizza restaurant with an assault rifle, claiming he was investigating whether a child sex ring operated there.

During a Jan. 24 status hearing at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Assistant U.S. Attorney Demian Ahn told a federal judge a plea offer had been made to Edgar Maddison Welch, 29, who has been charged with multiple federal and D.C. gun-related offenses in connection with the Comet pizza case.

Ahn did not disclose the terms of the plea offer, and the offer was not entered into the public court records as of late Tuesday.

“The offer was not made public,” William Miller, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s office, told the Washington Blade

U.S. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson scheduled another status hearing for Feb. 10, when Welch and his Public Defender Service attorney are expected to disclose whether Welch accepts the plea offer. If he does, the terms of the offer will be publicly disclosed.

At a court hearing on Dec. 16, Welch pled not guilty to a federal charge of interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition and D.C. charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence.

D.C. police said Welch fired his rifle at least three times inside the restaurant after frightened customers and employees fled the premises when they saw him enter with the rifle strapped to his shoulders.

Police said no one was injured and Welch surrendered to police peacefully after he determined there were no signs that a child sex ring reportedly linked to Hillary Clinton was operating in a hidden room at the restaurant. Welch told police he became convinced such a ring was exploiting children at the restaurant after reading what authorities say were fake “news” stories posted online.

Comet Ping Pong, which is owned by gay businessman James Alefantis, became the target of harassing phone calls, including death threats, after the fake stories linking it to a pedophile ring were posted on social media outlets and viewed by hundreds of thousands of people across the country.

At Tuesday’s hearing, Judge Brown said Welch, who has been held in jail since the time of his arrest, will remain in jail until at least the time of his trial.

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Edgar Maddison Welch (Photo via Facebook)

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

  • What you just read is fake news. The guy is an actor from NC. Played a gunman in one movie. This was a stunt to throw off those investigating what has been exposed starting with the Wikileaks of John Podesta’s emails. He was Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager. There is a LOT of disturbing stuff surrounding this, things they don’t want to you know, or to investigate. Don’t be a sheep. Start, but by no means stop, with this CBS report: https://youtu.be/-GZFHLAcG8A Use it as a starting point only The more you dig the worse it gets. Also tied to this is the ritual Spirit Cooking. Dive into #PizzaGate on Twitter. I understand there is more news to come out soon.

    • You need to see a doctor.

    • Kurt, thanks I follow pizzagate a bit but had not yet learned of this fellows background. Interesting stuff.

    • I totally agree.

      I make no conclusions other than there is SOMETHING more than NOTHING to the massive body of hard, albeit much of it circumstantial, evidence.

      Ben Swann put out a purely factual presentation of SOME of the facts on his mainstream media program, and look what happened to him. ALL of his social media have gone dark; his personal website has gone dark; and he has declared that his documentary on an unrelated matter has been suspended. Clearly the powers that be are terrified on ANY sunlight that is shined on the whole so-called Pizzagate issue.

      The Truth, I believe, is that Pizzagate is but a tiny tip of one iceberg in a sea of icebergs.

      Check into George Webb’s work. There are dozens of us investigating and documenting hard evidence that deals with child abduction and pedophilia, human trafficking and organ harvesting, extortion, illicit arms distribution, CIA operations, regime change, and much more. It’s a huge effort performed openly, methodically and honestly. We want the Truth, the real Truth.

      I am no conspiracy nut. This is some seriously scary stuff. I wish it were “fake news,” but I know enough empirical facts already to know that there is a lot of honestly real things going on. Most wish to remain ignorant while believing that things are as they seem; sometimes I wish I hadn’t red pilled, because like you said: ignorance is bliss.

      • small correction: hard evidence is the opposite of circumstantial evidence.

        also, Ben Swann notified people he would be disappearing and told people to trust him.

        given how many pizzagate reports have been deleted all over the internet, and what we are seeing this week with the arrests, it looks like there already HAVE been ongoing investigations.

        we are about to see the chit truly hit the fan with DC arrests this week.

      • That’s why the Sessions confirmation hearings are being dragged-out.

    • Absolutely fake, notice the very first thing the fbi did was obtain an order to have Welch’s cell phone records sealed by the court.

      So everyone can’t see who he was calling in the fbi setting this up.

    • They can’t hide. PEDOSTA is going down when sessions is confirmed.

    • BTW Ben Swann has disappeared

  • Of course he is. Acting jobs have been a little scarce lately with the temporary reduction in false flags and hoaxes.

  • Fake news!!!!

  • Anyone check the visitors logs at the white house?

  • he is an actor. offered a plea bargain. total setup. pizzagate is real. look out sessions is coming for you in t-20 hours. we’ve got your EEEEE mails.

  • Drop all charges. That’s the only deal he should take!

  • we arent falling for the false flag nonsense,notice how NO ONE on the left went all anti-gun after this event as they do with 99% of them?it was in the news cycle just long enough to try and discredit/smear ANYONE looking into #pizzagate

    WE will NEVER give up…WE WILL get justice for ANY & ALL abused children

  • This is utterly fake bullshit news.

  • You’d think a gay reporter would have more concern for boys getting raped.

  • Pizzagate is real!

  • This can’t be real, but it’s also on the Washington Post. Clinton leaves Haiti, massive child prostitution ring uncovered just days later. Massive child prostitution bust in California that the (((media))) still hasn’t said a peep about. Now this?

    Dude must have found an entire basement full of chained and gagged little boys, with a Jewish senator balls-deep in one of them. It’s the only way you get to “plea” out of something like this.

  • Edgar Maddison Welch ran over a child several months ago. Rather than prosecute him, they made him a deal to be patsy as Comet Pizza deranged shooter. Chibbaro is protecting pedophiles. Any real journalist including you could easily search the above on the internet. Its everywhere if you look deep enough.

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