LANSING, Mich. — Authorities in Michigan have arrested two males accused of threatening public officers over the outcomes of the 2020 presidential election, Michigan Lawyer Common Dana Nessel introduced Tuesday.
Authorities charged 63-year-old Daniel Thompson, of Harrison, Michigan, with three counts of malicious use of service offered a telecommunications service supplier. Officers stated that between April 30, 2020 and Jan. 19, 2021, Thompson left threatening messages for Rep. Elissa Slotkin and Sen. Debbie Stabenow, each Democrats who symbolize Michigan in Congress.
Officers with Nessel’s workplace stated that in a Jan. 5 name to Stabenow, “Thompson said he was indignant concerning the outcomes of the November election, that he joined a Michigan militia and that there can be violence if the election outcomes weren’t modified.” Authorities stated he reiterated the threats in an e-mail despatched to Stabenow’s workplace.
A couple of days later, on Jan. 19, prosecutors stated Thompson referred to as Slotkin’s workplace and spoke with a workers member for greater than an hour. Throughout the dialog “he claimed folks will die and used violent references, whereas additionally noting occasions that happened on the Capitol constructing,” officers stated.
On Jan. 6, supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol, brawling with police and breaking home windows in an hours lengthy riot that left at the least 5 folks lifeless.
Individually, officers charged 43-year-old Clinton Steward, of Douglas, Georgia, with one rely of malicious use of service offered a telecommunications service supplier.
Prosecutors stated that on Sept. 18, Stewart left a threatening voicemail for Michigan Court docket of Claims Decide Cynthia Stephens, wherein he blamed “activist judges” for ruling in favor of Trump’s 2020 election rival, President Joe Biden, “to win the election way of mail-in ballots.”
“It’s unacceptable and unlawful to intimidate or threaten public officers,” Nessel stated Tuesday. “To those that assume they’ll accomplish that hiding behind a keyboard or telephone, we are going to discover you and we are going to prosecute you, to the fullest extent of the legislation.”
A number of high-profile Democrats have confronted threats in current months, together with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. In October, authorities unsealed expenses towards a number of males accused of plotting to kidnap the governor, who confronted criticism for enacting lockdown orders aimed toward curbing the unfold of the coronavirus. Officers with the FBI later stated the group chargeable for the plot had additionally mentioned kidnapping Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, additionally a Democrat.
That very same month, officers in Maryland arrested a person accused of threatening kidnap and kill Biden and then-Sen. Kamala Harris.