A Missouri man pleaded guilty Thursday to threatening to lynch a black congressman the day after the January 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol and a Jewish congressman in 2019, court records show.
The man, Kenneth R. Hubert, 63, of Marionville, Missouri, was arrested in March after making threats against Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II of Missouri and Steve Cohen of Tennessee, both Democrats, according to prosecutors.
Under a pleading agreement filed with the US District Court for the Western Missouri District, Mr. Hubert pleaded guilty to two threats of threatening a US official. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison, the agreement reads. It was unclear whether a date for a verdict would be set.
Prosecutors, Mr. Hubert’s attorney and a representative for Mr. Cleaver did not immediately respond to messages on Friday.
In a statement, Mr. Cohen said, “I am pleased that this type of behavior is being taken seriously by the Justice Department and that there will be consequences.”
In the plea agreement, Mr. Hubert confirmed that on May 6, 2019, he had called the Washington office of Mr. Cohen, who is Jewish, and told an employee that he had “a noose with the name of the Congressman on” and planned to “Put a noose around his neck” and drag him behind his pickup truck.
Three days later, FBI agents went to Mr. Hubert’s house where he admitted making the call and said he did so because he made the agreement through a remark from Mr. Cohen about Donald J. Trump, the President had offended was states.
On January 7, the day after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, Mr. Hubert called Mr. Cleaver’s office in Independence, Missouri and, according to the informed consent, left a voicemail message calling Mr. Cleaver . Cleaver, who is Black, raced and said, “How about a noose around his neck?”
After FBI agents went to Mr. Hubert’s house on Jan. 19, he admitted that he had called Mr. Cleaver’s office, admitted that his message was threatening and said he was upset about a comment Mr. Cleaver made House of had made representatives, says the agreement.
Prosecutors said Mr. Hubert was upset after Mr. Cleaver finished the opening prayer on the first day of the convention with the words “Amen and A-Mrs”.
According to the public prosecutor’s office, Mr. Hubert had made threatening and hostile calls in the past.
On the morning of January 6, they said he called the Missouri Democratic Party and left a message stating that the party “should remain in secret. Steal the choice, we have something for you. ”Later that day, pointing to the siege of the Capitol on a second voicemail, he said,“ You are going to come next, ”prosecutors said.
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Law enforcement officials also investigated Mr. Hubert after leaving hostile message for a federal judge in Montana in response to a same-sex marriage ruling in 2014, prosecutors said. In 2016, Mr. Hubert also called the Council on American-Islamic Relations in St. Louis and made derogatory and derogatory comments, the prosecutors said.
At a March hearing, Mr. Hubert’s attorney David Mercer said his client served in the military, lived most of his life in southern Missouri, and “led a totally law-abiding life,” reported The Kansas City Star.
Mr Cleaver said in a statement in March that it was important to point out that Mr Hubert was not in his congressional district and that the two had never met.
“But hate has such poor eyesight that a stone thrown could hit anyone in range,” said Cleaver. “Maybe it’s a good thing he stays in a place where there are no rocks.”