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A woman in Texas was arrested last week after making multiple death threats against a federal district judge who ordered a special investigation to review documents seized by the government at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property. master, which is one of a growing number of recent threats. against federal judges.

Key Facts

Federal prosecutors arrested Houston resident Tiffany Gish on September 6, according to a criminal Complaint first informed of On Monday, when he allegedly left three voicemails for U.S. District Judge Eileen M. Cannon on Sept. 1, the judge’s life was in danger.

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Gish referred to himself as “Trump’s hitman” and said he was “marked for murder”, with Cannon telling him to “stand under the f–k or shoot” in voicemail. And he had “already ordered snipers and bombs. F-King House.”

The government said in its complaint that federal agents visited Gish’s home on September 4 and confirmed that he had left a voicemail.

The Justice Department asked the court separately filing To let the government evaluate Gish’s mental ability, arguing that it “has reasonable reason to believe” [she] She may currently be suffering from a mental illness or defect that is making her mentally disabled” and her mother previously told Secret Service agents that Gish “has severe bipolar disorder and is borderline schizophrenic.”

Gish previously made threats against Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the filing notes, but was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in 2020 and previously “a CIA agent, a Navy SEAL, an Army Ranger, and claimed to be someone familiar with nuclear weapons or war.”

Counsel for Gish and the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, where Cannon serves as a judge, have yet to respond to requests for comment.

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The government’s request to evaluate Gish’s eligibility will be heard on Tuesday.

main background

Cannon has criticized a third-party special master for his decision to review more than 11,000 documents seized at Mar-a-Lago and determine whether one is protected by attorney-client or executive privilege. – the latter of which is controversial, given that the federal government argues that documents cannot be preserved under executive privilege by the actual executive branch. The judge, whom Trump appointed, ruled against the DOJ’s argument that appointing a special master was unnecessary and would harm its investigation into White House documents, with Trump bringing it back to Mar-a-Lago with a delay. . Cannon argued that a special master was necessary, as some of Trump’s personal belongings were also confiscated, and so that Trump would not suffer “reputable harm” if he was charged on the basis of something that was considered privileged. Should be. His decision was widely criticized by legal experts, who noted his legal reasoning new York Times as “deeply problematic,” “radical” and “laughingly bad,” and the Justice Department has asked him to withhold part of the ruling as it pertains to classified documents.

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There have been several threats against federal judges and judges in recent months as high-profile rulings have sparked controversy. Supreme Court judges faced threat On controversial decisions, the court in Roe v. Wade, including a man who had been charged with attempted murder against Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and Congress passed a bill Increased security for judges in June. US Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, who signed the DOJ’s search warrant to search Mar-a-Lago, has also faced trial. threat From Trump supporters on their decision, and WPTV reports Anti-Semitic threats made against the judge led the synagogue, he cautiously concerned to cancel some services.

Judge sides with Trump, grants special master to review Mar-a-Lago documents (Forbes)

DOJ asks court to block special master from reviewing classified Trump Mar-a-Lago documents (Forbes)