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Doctor arrested at Trump Hotel spoke of Oklahoma City bomber McVeigh

A doctor with an assault-style rifle and a handgun told an acquaintance he was driving to see US president Donald Trump and had survival supplies, mobile phones and enough ammunition to make his car resemble Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh "on a camping trip", according to court documents.

Bryan Moles, 43, was arrested at the Trump International Hotel in central Washington on Wednesday and faces charges of unlawful possession and transportation of a firearm.

He was not licensed to carry a gun in the District of Columbia, which has strict firearms laws, authorities said.

A District of Columbia Superior Court judge released Moles on Thursday on condition that he stays away from the Trump Hotel and the White House.

Moles, who is due to appear in federal court on Friday afternoon for another hearing, also agreed to temporarily give up access to weapons at his home in Pennsylvania.

He refused to answer most questions from reporters as he was leaving court, but when asked what he wanted to tell his family he said he loved them.

The court documents describe Moles as a recovering alcoholic and marijuana addict suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

He served in the US Navy from 1992 to 2006.

Before driving to the US capital, Moles left voicemails for an acquaintance calling himself "a refugee intent on bringing down big pharmacy and big business medicine", the documents said.

He also made mention of Olympic Park Bomber Eric Rudolph, who was convicted of perpetrating multiple acts of domestic terrorism.

Authorities said a tipster contacted them about the messages and they arrested Moles.

DC police chief Peter Newsham said in doing so, they averted a potential tragedy, though the Secret Service said agents interviewed Moles and determined he did not pose a threat.

Officials described Moles as co-operative with the investigation.

In Moles' hotel room, investigators found a safe with 10,000 dollars inside and he told authorities that he had emptied his bank account "in order to live the life he always wanted before it was too late", according to the documents.

He left 4.19 dollars in his account, corresponding to the date of McVeigh's bombing of a government building on April 19 1995, which killed 168 people.

Shortly after Moles checked into the Trump Hotel, authorities located his car, unlocked it and found an assault-style rifle and several magazines with ammunition, as well as rifle accessories and a semi-automatic pistol with six rounds of ammunition in it.

Moles' Facebook page is sprinkled with comments and photos indicating support for Mr Trump.

Last week, he posted a question: "If you had to choose between a Hilton Hotel and a Trump hotel, which would you choose and why?"

Someone replied: "Trump all the way. The dark side wants to disarm the public so they can ... just walk through any resistance to their fascist thought police."

Moles liked the comment.

A longtime friend of Moles said "there is absolutely no way" he was planning violence.

Lisa DellaRatta, a nurse practitioner in Florida, said she had known him for more than 25 years and used to live with him.

She said Moles "cannot be a more stand-up man".

She said guns were prevalent in the rural area near Lake Erie where she and Moles grew up, and he had always owned them.

Pennsylvania records show Moles renewed his licence to practise medicine in October 2016.

A spokeswoman at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre system said he had been placed on administrative leave there some time before Wednesday's arrest.

His home town of Edinboro is about 350 miles from Washington.

AP

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