Authorities Charge Man for Threatening Boehner
Agents with the FBI arrested 32-year old Brandon Thompson on Thursday. Thompson made his first appearance on Friday in front of a U.S. Magistrate.
The FBI said that Thompson was angry because Republicans in the House did not approve legislation to extend benefits for the unemployed. Thompson has a weekly check for unemployment of $341 end in January.
According to an affidavit from the FBI, Thompson had threatened Boehner in an email and in two messages left on voicemail; he left on the personal cell phone of Debbie, Boehner’s wife.
When authorities visited the home of Thompson, according to the FBI affidavit, the man admitted he sent the message that had been threatening to the Speaker’s office by using a wireless signal on Internet of his neighbor.
He also told the FBI he had obtained the cell phone number for Mrs. Boehner and left the messages.
The arrest of Thompson came only a week after a man in Florida who last year issued a death threat against a Congressman was assigned to a program that is supervised that normally consists of just probation.
Last month the FBI launched the Boehner investigation with the help of the Capitol Hill Police, following the email on March 31. The email said that if Boehner was going to play with the lives of 2.7 million people, the writer would take out Boehner’s. He wrote Boehner would not see anything coming with the sniper rifle he had.
The threatening email referred to the refusal of Boehner to permit a vote on the House floors for extending the benefits of unemployment.
Voicemails were left on both May 1 and 6 on the cellphone of Debbie Boehner. The first one contained a warning by the man that he was coming after Mrs. Boehner’s husband. The second warning said to tell her husband to redo the extension on unemployment because the caller was going to come for the Speaker. He warned in the message that Boehner was not untouchable.