The plan unraveled when the forklift got caught in a gated area causing Leingang to flee. He was eventually apprehended and confessed to the plot.
A man from North Dakota, reportedly intent on killing President Trump, planned to do it in a unique way in September 2017: use a forklift to get to Trump’s limo, flip it over, then murder the president.
Gregory Lee Leingang, 42, of Bismarck, “was charged in federal court with one count of attempting to enter or remain in a restricted building and on grounds while using a dangerous weapon, as well one count of attempting to damage government property,” as the Grand Forks Herald reported.
On Friday, Leingang reached a plea deal, pleading guilty to entering or remaining in a restricted building and on grounds while using a dangerous weapon. He told U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Hovland on Friday that he had been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and bipolar disorder, adding that he had taken medications intermittently for those disorders for thirty years.
According to U.S. Assistant State's Attorney Brandi Sasse Russell, Leingang knew of Trump’s speech at the Andeavor Mandan Refinery on September 6, 2017. That afternoon, Leingang had stolen a forklift in Mandan and joined Trump’s motorcade route. Sasse Russell stated, "The intent was to basically try to get to the limo, flip the limo and get to the president and he wanted to kill the president.”