On Oct. 20, the congressman matter-of-factly said on the House floor, “I think someone may be trying to kill me. And if they are successful, I would like my constituents and my family to know who stopped their arrest.” He said that while the Capitol Police had made a recommendation that the person who threatened him be arrested, the DOJ had declined to do so. Gaetz made the direct accusation that the DOJ is “biased against Republicans.” “If my name weren’t Gaetz, if it were Omar or Tlaib, you bet this person would’ve been arrested,” he said, referring to Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. The congressman told Politico the incident he described to Congress was a separate threat unrelated to Huelsman’s voicemail. “An indictment was issued in May, and has now been unsealed the week after my criticism,” Gaetz told the outlet. “If they took our security seriously, they would arrest all of the people who violate federal law and the threats to kill us, not just some of them. … I think that the Department of Justice is biased against Republicans,” he said.
BREAKING: A man traveled across the country with the explicit goal of killing me in Washington, D.C.Capitol Police recommended arrest. They were blocked by DOJ. https://t.co/4nxMzJVycZ pic.twitter.com/ZejSezYHOC — Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) October 20, 2021
Coody talked about Huelsman’s crime in the DOJ news release, saying, “The free exercise of speech is central to our democracy. However, the communication of threats of physical violence, in this case by an individual who had previously made and been investigated for similar threats of violence, is clearly unlawful. “With our law enforcement partners, we are committed to protecting public safety for all citizens. Today’s sentence acknowledges the defendant’s repeated threats of violence and should serve as a significant deterrent to those who would threaten violence against others rather than engage in lawful debate.” Sherri Onks, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Jacksonville Division in Florida, added, “Words matter, and this sentencing should serve as a warning.” “Everyone has the right to express their opinion, but when you harass, intimidate, and threaten violence against others, it’s a federal crime that will not be tolerated,” Onks said. “The FBI and our law enforcement partners will work to hold you accountable.” This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
BREAKING: Eugene “Gene” Huelsman, a longtime camera operator for CNN, ABC, NBC, and others, has been ARRESTED for threatening to kill Matt Gaetz and his family. Another man who recently threatened Rep. Gaetz is still free after the DOJ blocked USCP’s recommendation for arrest. pic.twitter.com/JbIe3LJAY5— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) October 27, 2021