Lawyer For San Bernardino Gunman’s Family Floats Sandy Hook Trutherism

Start your day with TPM.
Sign up for the Morning Memo newsletter

A lawyer for the family of suspected San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook floated skepticism about the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in his efforts to cast doubt on early police findings about the massacre at a county holiday party that left 14 dead this week.

Appearing alongside attorney Mohammad Abuershaid, David Chesley said there were “a lot of questions” in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut shooting, where 20 children and 6 adults were killed. Abuershaid and Chesley have been identified as attorneys representing the Farook family.

“There was a lot of questions drawn with regards to Sandy Hook and whether or not that was a real incident or not. We just don’t know,” Chesley said, in video published Friday by British tabloid The Daily Mail.

The Mail reported that Chesley, asked directly if he questioned the attack at Sandy Hook, said: “There has been a lot [sic] speculation about it is all I would say.”

Regarding the weapons cache police said was recovered after the shooting, which included more than 1,400 rounds of ammunition and 12 pipe bombs, Chesley said: “Obviously, these things were found there, how they got there we don’t know.”

In the video, the attorney also suggested there is “a lot of motivation at this time to emphasize or create incidents that will cause gun control or prejudice or hatred toward the Muslim community.”

The lawyer further cast doubt on the plausibility of 27-year-old Tashfeen Malik’s involvement in the mass shooting. Malik was Farook’s wife.

“It doesn’t seem plausible to us that this petite woman [Malik] would be involved in this sort of hyper-caricatured, Bonnie and Clyde crazy scenario,” he told press.

Abuershaid attempted to redirect the narrative, saying Farook “was living the American dream,” and emphasized the investigation is ongoing.

Watch the video via the Daily Mail:

Latest Livewire
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: