Respondent also allegedly threatened the lives of 12 members of Congress
According to the complaint, in a voluntary interview with US Capitol Police in July 2020, he told officers that if Mr Trump refused to step down, he would “get arms” and “take him down”, according to the complaint. according.
According to the complaint, during that July 2020 interview, he told Capitol Police that he could easily obtain a firearm. According to the complaint, Mr Velanicki reportedly told Capitol police, “I don’t want to hurt anyone, but I will stand against fascism.”
According to the complaint, in voice-mail messages left with the US Secret Service, Mr Velanicki again threatened the lives of Mr Trump as well as 12 unnamed members of Congress.
Federal prosecutors said Mr Velanicki also made several phone calls to the Secret Service where he identified himself by name. In one of those calls, he repeatedly referred to Mr. Trump as “Hitler” and said, “I will do everything I can to make sure that he is a “Hitler”. [Individual-1] is dead,” according to the complaint.
The federal complaint does not identify Trump by name, but a footnote says Person-1 served as president until January 20, 2021.
Mr Trump’s office did not return a request for comment.
Mr Velanicki was scheduled for a hearing in federal court on Monday afternoon.
Last year, a Connecticut man was sentenced to nine years in prison for threatening to kill Trump.
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