Man charged with threats to DA, sheriff in Georgia Trump case | ET REALITY


A man who threatened a prosecutor and a sheriff involved in Georgia’s investigation into former President Donald Trump for election interference was indicted in federal court on Monday, United States Attorney’s Office saying.

The man, Arthur Ray Hanson II, of Huntsville, Alabama, had left threatening messages for Fani T. Willis, the district attorney of Fulton County, Georgia, and Patrick Labat, the county sheriff, for their involvement in the Georgia case. during the 2020 presidential elections.

According to the indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Atlanta, Hanson called the Fulton County government’s customer service line and left threatening voicemails for Ms. Willis and Sheriff Labat in early August, days before that Trump and 18 of his associates were charged in the state.

In a voicemail message to Sheriff Labat, Hanson threatened the sheriff not to take a mug shot of “my President Donald Trump,” according to the indictment.

“I’m warning you right now,” Hanson said, adding that Sheriff Labat could “get very hurt.”

Mr. Hanson also left a voicemail for Ms. Willis threatening her and referring to the Georgia case.

“Look at it when you go to the car at night, look at it when you walk into your house, look at it everywhere you go,” Hanson said, according to court records. “When you impeach Trump for that fourth impeachment, as long as you’re alone, he’s looking over your shoulder.”

Hanson faces charges of transmitting interstate threats to injure Ms. Willis and Sheriff Labat. Mr. Hanson will be formally arraigned on November 13 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

It was unclear if Hanson had an attorney. Sheriff Labat and Willis’ office did not immediately respond to requests for comment Monday night.

Willis investigated whether Trump and his associates violated a Georgia state law after a recording was released of Trump calling Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s secretary of state, and asking him to find more votes to win Georgia and its College. Electoral. votes. Trump and 18 associates were charged in the case in August.

In Fulton County Board of commissioners meeting In early October, Ms. Willis said she had received more than 150 threats over the course of about two months, some of which had come through the Fulton County government customer service line.

Willis said at the meeting that his staff had been working to track and investigate the threats, “but also to keep me alive, which has become a real concern for me.”

“I have to have people who are loyal to me and to whom my life means something,” Willis said.

It was unclear how much prison time Hanson could face if convicted.

Keri Farley, special agent in charge of the Atlanta office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating the case, said in a statement on Monday that “threats against public servants are not only illegal, but also a threat against our democratic process.”

Hanson’s indictment came a day after a judge in a separate case against Trump in U.S. District Court in Washington reinstated a gag order on the former president, reimposing restrictions on what he could say about witnesses and prosecutors involved in the case. Trump is also under a gag order in a civil case in New York.

Ryan K. Buchanan, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, said in a statement on Monday that threatening prosecutors and law enforcement officials “is a vile act intended to interfere with the administration of justice and intimidate people.”

“When someone threatens to harm public servants for doing their job to enforce our criminal laws, it potentially weakens the very foundation of our society,” he said.

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