A Mississippi man was charged in reference to a cellphone name threatening to kill a United States consultant and his staffers, federal prosecutors mentioned on Wednesday.
The person, Newton Wade Townsend, 52, of Brandon, Miss., was charged on Tuesday with threatening a public official. Court docket data, which solely determine the congressman by the initials B.T., mentioned that the menace was made on June 1.
Congressman Bennie Thompson, a Democrat, mentioned that he acquired a menace from Mr. Townsend on his workplace cellphone, and that the Capitol Police investigated the matter.
“I’m completely happy the investigation resulted within the arrest of Mr. Townsend,” Mr. Thompson mentioned in a press release on Wednesday. “This could function a lesson that anybody who chooses to threaten to homicide members of Congress will likely be prosecuted.”
Mr. Thompson is the one black legislator, and the one Democrat, representing Mississippi in Congress.
The court docket data didn’t point out a motive for the threats. Mike Hurst, the U.S. legal professional for the Southern District of Mississippi, didn’t instantly return a request for touch upon Wednesday.
Mr. Townsend used his title on the decision, The Clarion Ledger reported. It additionally famous that the workplace’s telephones used caller ID and often recorded calls.
Mr. Townsend “threatened to kill the congressman and his African-American staffers,” the U.S. legal professional’s workplace said in a statement.
“A violent menace towards a public official is a severe federal crime,” Mr. Hurst mentioned within the assertion. “The USA Lawyer’s Workplace will proceed to guard victims, prosecute these fueled by hate who search to intimidate and terrorize others, and all the time make sure that justice is finished.”
It was not clear if Mr. Townsend had a lawyer. He’s scheduled to look in court docket on Thursday.
Mr. Thompson is at the moment serving his 13th time period within the Home of Representatives, and is chairman of the Home Homeland Safety Committee.
Earlier this yr, a Connecticut man was charged with utilizing a web-based assembly request kind to threaten to kill Representative Adam Schiff. A Texas man was charged in March with threatening to kill Speaker Nancy Pelosi after he wrote on Facebook that Ms. Pelosi and different Democrats needs to be shot on sight, prosecutors mentioned.
And a person who threatened to kill Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan and Michigan’s legal professional basic via social media messages final month now faces terrorism fees.