YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A 28-year-old Hawthorne man is in federal custody, accused of making several threatening telephone calls to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and the office of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota in response to their positions on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights
U.S. Capitol Police spoke with Ronnie D. McMillian in July and “warned him that he could be arrested and prosecuted if he continued to make such calls,” U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said this morning.
They continued, however — including the two calls that gave rise to the criminal complaints that led to his arrest yesterday, he said.
On Sept. 29, McMillian called and left a voicemail with Jindal’s Office of Constituent Affairs at the Louisiana State Capital in Baton Rouge, La., in which he made several “vulgar and harassing statements” involving his interpretation of the governor’s stance on gay rights, a complaint on file in U.S. District Court in Newark says.
Among other things, McMillian said: “And you better keep in your f*****g little head, you little maggot – you better keep in your f*****g head that gay people have
Second Amendment rights too you little [unintelligible].
“So you better back the f*** off or [begins yelling] every single one of you white [re]publican parasites are going to get a bullet in your f*****g head. You are going to hang for treason you disgusting maggot.”
On Dec. 17, McMillian called Bachmann’s district office in Waite Park, Minn., three times and made several violent and threatening statements, the complaint says.
During each, a constituent services officer asked McMillian to clean up his language, then hung up when he didn’t, it says.
McMillian is due for a first appearance in federal court in Newark this afternoon, following the investigation by the Threat Assessment Section of the U.S. Capitol Police and the FBI.
Prosecuting the case for the government are Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas P. Grippo and Deputy Chief Matthew E. Beck of the U.S. Attorney’s Office General Crimes Unit in Newark.
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