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Suspect arrested on threatening Rep. Jim McDemott for sponsoring unemployment extension bills

Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA), early 2000sImage via Wikipedia
Congressman Jim McDemott (D-WA)
was threaten for sponsor unemployment
extension bill, vote for tax cut legislation.
A suspect from Palm Springs, California Charles Turner Habermann, 32 was arrested by FBI officials on January 12th and charged with one count of threatening a federal official in connection with voicemails he left for U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) last month. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison.

The Palm Spring Enterprise reported that Federal prosecutors cited that Habermann left threatening voicemails December 9th at McDermott's office regarding the then-pending tax cut extension and, an initial three month extension unemployment benefits bill the Congressman sponsored on November 18th.

In two voicemails left at Congressman McDermott’s office, Habermann identified himself and gave his phone number, then left vulgarity-laced messages about liberal politics, bills McDermott vote on or sponsored and President Obama's recent tax cuts legislation.

According to the transcript of one call, Habermann said, "He thinks he can steal money from people and give it away to losers and get away with it." It continues, "I'll (expletive) hunt that guy down and I'll (expletive) get rid of him." 

In the other call, Habermann allegedly said, "If he ever (expletive) around with my money, ever the (expletive) again, I'll (expletive) kill him, OK."

The suspects’ rant against Congressman McDemott  in its’ entirety, was released at

"I have full confidence in the law enforcement agencies handling the case and remain focused on serving my constituents," McDermott said in a statement released late Wednesday.

For Habermann behalf, his initial defense against the claims is that he had been drinking the night he made the call and never intended to hurt anyone as he was "too afraid of losing his $3 million trust fund to commit a crime." At this point Haberman has been released on bond pending a preliminary hearing on the charges.

According to an FBI spokesman, the complaint against Habermann had already been drafted prior to Saturday's shooting in Tucson that killed six people and injured Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords on January 8th.

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