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Authorities arrest Californian who they say left Florida congressman with death threats

Representative Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., Departs after attending a closed session of the House Judiciary Committee with former White House attorney Don McGahn on Capitol Hill in Washington on Friday, June 4, 2021. AP Photo / Patrick Semansky

  • Authorities say Eugene Huelsman threatened Rep. Matt Gaetz in a January 9 voicemail message.

  • A federal jury in Pensacola, Florida indicted Huelsman over his threat against Gaetz on May 18.

  • A first hearing for the case will be held Friday in a US district court in Florida.

Eugene Huelsman, 58, was arrested last week in connection with a threat against Florida GOP Representative Matt Gaetz.

The indictment against Huelsman accuses him of threatening Gaetz by telephone on January 9, three days after rioters stormed the United States Capitol. The charge carries a potential fine and up to five years in prison.

“Tell [M.G.] to watch his back, tell him to watch his children … I’m coming for him, he’s going to fucking die … I’m going to fucking kill him … watch your back, I’m coming for you. I’m going to shoot you and I’m going to put a bullet in one of your fucking kids, too, “Huelsman said in a voicemail message, according to court documents.

Huelsman was indicted on May 18 by a federal grand jury in Pensacola, Florida. However, it was not known where he was at the time and the indictment was sealed.

He was arrested last week, days after Gaetz criticized the Justice Department on the House floor for handling threats against him, claiming he was “biased against Republicans,” Politico reported .

“I think someone is trying to kill me and if they are successful I would like my constituents and my family to know who stopped their arrest,” Gaetz said last Wednesday, according to the outlet.

Huelsman was released on $ 20,000 bail on Friday, a spokesperson for the US attorney’s office told Politico.

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