A Missouri man pleaded guilty Thursday to threatening to lynch a black congressman the day after the January 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol and a Jewish congressman in 2019, court records show.
The man, Kenneth R. Hubert, 63, of Marionville, Missouri, was arrested in March after prosecutors targeted threats against Emanuel Cleaver II from Missouri and Steve Cohen from Tennessee, both Democrats.
According to a pleading agreement filed in the US District Court for the Western Missouri District, Mr Hubert pleaded guilty on two counts for threatening to assault a US official. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison, the agreement reads. It was unclear whether a date for a verdict would be set.
Prosecutors, Mr. Hubert’s attorney, and agents from Mr. Cleaver and Mr. Cohen did not immediately respond to messages on Friday.
In the plea agreement, Mr. Hubert confirmed that on May 6, 2019, he had called the Washington office of Mr. Cohen, who is Jewish, and told a staff member that he had “a noose with the name of the Congressman on” and was planning to “To put a noose around his neck” and drag him behind his pickup truck.
Three days later, F.B.I. Agents went to Mr. Hubert’s house where he admitted making the call and said he did so because he was offensive by a remark from Mr. Cohen about Donald J. Trump, the president, the agreement says .
On January 7, the day after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, Mr. Hubert called Mr. Cleaver’s office in Independence, Missouri and, according to the informed consent, left a voicemail message calling Mr. Cleaver . Cleaver, who is Black, raced and said, “How about a noose around his neck?”
After F.B.I. Agents went to Mr. Hubert’s house on January 19, he admitted he had called Mr. Cleaver’s office, admitted his message was threatening and said he was upset about a remark Mr. Cleaver made in the House of Representatives, it says in the agreement.
Prosecutors said Mr. Hubert was upset after Mr. Cleaver had the Opening prayer on the first day of the congress with the words “Amen and A-woman”.
According to prosecutors, Mr. Hubert had made threatening and hostile calls in the past.
On the morning of January 6th, they said he called the Missouri Democratic Party and left a message stating that the party “should remain in secret. Steal the choice, we have something for you. ”On a second voicemail later that day, he pointed to the siege of the Capitol and said,“ You come next, ”prosecutors said.
Law enforcement agencies were also investigating Mr Hubert after he left hostile message for a federal judge in Montana in response to a same-sex marriage ruling in 2014, prosecutors said. In 2016, Mr. Hubert also called the Council on American-Islamic Relations in St. Louis and made derogatory and derogatory comments, the prosecutors said.
At a hearing in March, Mr. Hubert’s attorney David Mercer said his client served in the military, lived most of his life in southern Missouri, and “lived a perfectly law-abiding life.” The Kansas City star reported.
Mr Cleaver said in a statement in March that it was important to point out that Mr Hubert did not live in his congressional district and that the two had never met.
“But hate has such poor eyesight that a stone thrown could hit anyone in range,” said Cleaver. “Maybe it’s a good thing he stays in a place where there are no rocks.”