Politics Missouri man indicted for allegedly threatening two congressmen

02:19  04 march  2021
02:19  04 march  2021 Source:   thehill.com

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A grand jury has indicted a Missouri man on charges of threatening two Democratic congressmen.

Emanuel Cleaver wearing a suit and tie: Missouri man indicted for allegedly threatening two congressmen © Greg Nash Missouri man indicted for allegedly threatening two congressmen

The Justice Department announced Wednesday that Kenneth R. Hubert was indicted Feb. 23 on charges of threatening to assault and murder Reps. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) and Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.). Prosecutors allege Hubert threatened Cohen in a call to his Washington, D.C., office on May 6, 2019, and that he threatened Cleaver on Jan. 7, 2021. It does not specify how he allegedly threatened Cleaver.

"The director of the [FBI] field office in Kansas City called me a couple hours ago and told me his agents had just arrested someone for threats on me," Cleaver told The Kansas City Star, "and that their office was being very vigilant in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 uprising."

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A man was arrested and indicted on charges that he threatened Congressional Member Diane Black. According to an indictment , Clifton Ward threatened to assault and murder Congressman Black, who is also a candidate for governor. Officials said the threats were left in a voicemail at one of the congressman ’s Congressman Black wouldn’t provide details on the threats but said they were serious enough that a grand jury indicted Ward. The threats came shortly after Congressman Black introduced the Border Wall Trust Fund Act to provide funding for President Donald Trump’s border wall.

A Missouri man was arrested for threatening to massacre attendees at a planned gay pride parade, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. On Tuesday, Edward A. Terry, 49, of Overland, was charged with making a terrorist threat after he allegedly created a fake email account and messaged the organizers of the St. Louis While Kyle Rittenhouse awaits trial for killing two people at a Kenosha, Wisconsin, Black Lives Matter protest this summer, his lawyers are in prosecutors’ crosshairs.From the start of the high-profile case, Rittenhouse’s lawyers have attracted nearly as much attention as he has.

Cleaver told the newspaper he had first heard of the threat against him from Cohen and informed his staff.

"I didn't even know that this guy had made a threat. It was completely news to me when Steve Cohen told me," the Missouri congressman said.

The announcement comes amid reports of threats to the U.S. Capitol on Thursday from followers of the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory who believe former President Trump will reassume the presidency on that date.

The case is set to be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Casey Clark. Hubert, who is currently in federal custody, has a detention hearing set for Monday, according to the Justice Department.

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