WASHINGTON — A Georgia man has been arrested for threatening to kill Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia confirmed to NBC News Friday.
Sean Patrick Cirillo, of Macon, was accused of using his phone to threaten Greene, R-Ga., and his staff.
The news was first reported by CNN.
According to senior law enforcement sources, Cirillo called Greene’s office twice on Wednesday, threatening to “kill her next week.”
Cirillo was arrested by the FBI and is behind bars, awaiting his first appearance in federal court on Monday.
In a recording of a call Greene’s office shared with NBC News, the caller said, “You don’t think this is going to happen when you’re out of power?” and “You don’t think you’re going to be rewarded?” »
Greene thanked law enforcement in a statement Friday, saying they “acted quickly in response to this deadly threat.”
“From the City of Rome Police, the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, the United States Capitol Police, the Sergeant at Arms, and ultimately the FBI who made the arrest, all “Officials acted quickly to put this man behind bars,” Greene said.
“Threats of murder against elected officials should never be tolerated,” regardless of their political affiliation, she said. “I am not the only victim of this threat of violence. My family is threatened. My staff is threatened. I even had to close my district office due to the potential for violence. This is wrong and should never happen .”
Greene added: “Threats of violence should be taken seriously. And that’s exactly why I take my Second Amendment rights seriously.”
It is unclear what motivated the alleged threats against her and her family members.
The conservative congresswoman has recently made headlines for her censure resolutions against Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Democrat of Michigan, and for filing articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.