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Suspect Arrested in Threats Against Rep. Jim McDermott of Washington State

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Authorities have arrested and charged a California man suspected of threatening to kill Rep. Jim McDermott of Washington last month.

Charles Turner Habermann of Palm Springs was charged in federal court Wednesday on allegations that he made threatening phone calls to the Democrat's office, the Seattle Post Intelligencer reported. If convicted, he could face up to10 years in prison.

Prosecutors said Habermann, 32, was angry about taxes and feared losing a $3 million trust fund.

McDermott found a number of expletive-filled voice messages in December threatening violence against him and his loved ones, CNN reported.

"I'll round them up, I'll kill them, I'll kill his friends, I'll kill his family, I will kill everybody he (expletive) knows," Habermann allegedly said in one voice mail message, according to an affidavit obtained by CNN.

In other messages, the caller said McDermott (pictured) was "a piece of human filth," "a communist," and a "piece of (expletive) garbage." Prosecutors said Habermann admitted making the calls and was apparently trying to influence the congressman's vote on tax policy.

The FBI opened an investigation Dec. 10 after McDermott's staff reported the threatening calls to authorities.

The threats occurred weeks before Saturday's assassination attempt against Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords that left six people dead.

On Monday, it was reported that the FBI arrested a Colorado man who allegedly made a threatening phone call to the Denver office of Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet two days before the shooting rampage in Tucson. John Troy Davis, 44, called Bennet's office on Jan. 6 seeking help with his Social Security benefits but then threatened to "come down there and shoot you all," according to an affidavit filed in federal court.

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maverylv

Where is this "liberal media" I hear talk of? All I hear is Rush,Hannity and all the other shouters who would like to "do my thinkin for me."

January 14 2011 at 10:28 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Emma OCO

Maybe if our elected officials would try to be helpful to people .......Our reps should take a course in Psycology 101 or let their staff take all the calls.

January 13 2011 at 12:57 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
tmoschetti

Why his friends and family!

January 13 2011 at 12:24 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
tmoschetti

He crossed the line when he threatened to kill McDermott's friends and family!

January 13 2011 at 12:24 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
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kentdeaninla

Good Lord! NO! He crossed the line when he threatened to kill Rep. McDermott!

January 13 2011 at 2:49 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
jkennedy806

I think all of Congress is a little scared. I know Philadelphia Congressman said he daily gets threats on the phone and bullets come in envelopes in the mail.
I don't have anything to say to them. Maybe instead of being scared, Washington might get a little proactive and start fixing the desperate mess the whole country is in. At least during the Great Depression, the country had WPA and other programs that worked for the people that was positive motivation to enlist morale. remember nothing to fear but fear itself. And this was before WWII.

January 13 2011 at 12:14 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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gpfs

WWII ended the depression, not any government program!

January 13 2011 at 12:37 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
misterjerryaz

Bottom Line.......If One person wants to kill another a gun is one in a choice of many of weapon ... That person will come up with a plan ...They all do ! ! ! Thank God he didnt use a BOMB !

January 13 2011 at 11:45 AM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
lpcrsotp

Please, when speaking about some people's displeasure with our government, do not include all people in this country. I believe that most politicians are doing the best they can in the environment in which they function. Compromises have to be made if they are to stay in office since we allow corporations and wealthy persons to buy elections with their contributions to candidates. This is not ideal, but it is reality. Self-righteous people may point fingers as politicians but should consider how seductive the system is and how it sucks well-meaning people in. I wonder how the detractors would fare in office.

January 13 2011 at 11:43 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
danzillo4

Congressman Peter King "R" of New York just days after the cowards deeds in Arizona has a bill he proposed, to make it a crime for anyone to have a weapon within 1,000 feet of a public official...that dont leave much area left for legal gun ownership...any person who took the oath can be considered a public official..

January 13 2011 at 11:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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jkennedy806

Oh you mean like that can't have drugs or sell drugs by a school. More legislation, less action

January 13 2011 at 12:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
grangrand

Threats on McDermott's life ... And 4 Arizona republicans resigned yesterday because of death threats . This is so disturbing .

January 13 2011 at 11:33 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
BUFFALO

I would bet that every congressman and senator gets similar threats
daily. I don't think you can legislate peoples mouth from overloading there rear ends. To many people just run there mouth without thinking and the frustration that comes along with dealing with government adds fuel to the fire.

January 13 2011 at 9:35 AM Report abuse +22 rate up rate down Reply

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