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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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