Politics Man charged in threats to congressman's family amid rioting
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A poll released by NBC News Sunday morning found that President Trump's approval rating has remained relatively unchanged in the wake of deadly rioting by his supporters at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month.The new poll found that 43 percent of voters gave Trump a positive job approval rating, a result consistent with polling as recently as just before the November election. More than half of those surveyed -- 55 percent -- disapproved of Trump's performance in office, however. An overwhelming majority of Republicans -- 87 percent -- approved of Trump, a small drop from the 89 percent that said the same before the November election.
A man was arrested in New York City on Tuesday and charged with sending threatening text messages to a family member of a Democratic congressman the same day that rioters overtook the U.S. Capitol and left 5 people dead.
reported that 35-year-old Robert Lemke of California was arrested and charged with one count of threatening interstate communications; he faces up to five years in prison if convicted.
Lemke was charged with sending text messages to the brother of Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) as well as ABC's "This Week" anchor George Stephanopoulos, and telling the two men that their words had put them in danger of being targeted for violence. Jeffries was not named in the criminal complaint, but the congressman's office confirmed his involvement in the case.
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"Your brother is putting your entire family at risk with his lies and other words," read a message sent to the congressman's brother, according to court documents. "We are armed and nearby your house. You had better have a word with him. We are not far from his either."
A Facebook feed reportedly belonging to Lemke indicated support for President Trump and his failed efforts to overturn the 2020 election, including the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
"Folks. Be ready for war. Trump has refused to cede," he wrote in one post, according to the Times.
Jeffries's case is onereportedly ongoing that involves threats directed at members of Congress, which come following the deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Pro-Trump supporters stormed the building as Congress met to certify the Electoral College victory of President Biden.
Trump was impeached following the insurrection over allegations that he incited the mob on the day of the attack, and now faces a historic second impeachment trial in the Senate.
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