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Man arrested by FBI for allegedly threatening congresswoman

17 May 2017

In three separate voice messages in May, a Tuscon school district employee threatened to shoot Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) because he was angry with her congressional votes in support of President Trump, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

According to a Tuesday article from The Washington Post, Steve Martan left "expletive-filled" death threats on the Republican politician's office line on May 2 and 10. Can't wait to f*****g pull the trigger b***h.

Martan admitted to making the calls, saying he was frustrated at McSally's votes in support of President Trump, according to the complaint. "Threatening to shoot a member of Congress between the eyes and stating that her days are numbered is sickening".

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Martan was accused of threatening to assault and murder a United States official - McSally - with intent to impede her duties and retaliate against her an official for the performance of the official's duties, according to the complaint.

Phone company records showed Martan owned the phone used to make the threats, and agents found the phone at Martan's residence.

McSally represents Congressional District 2, the same district served by then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot and seriously wounded in a mass shooting on January 8, 2011, on the northwest side.

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McSally's office released a statement from District Director CJ Karamargin about Martin's threats against McSally.

"Our community should be deeply disturbed by these threats of violence", Karamargin said in the statement.

Karamargin has been with McSally since 2015, but was serving as Giffords' communications director the day the congresswoman was shot.

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Ms McSally said the threats were "especially sickening" in view of the shooting of another congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords, in Tucson six years ago. "This is a sobering wake-up call about civil discussions". This is a tough political time we live in and it's important for us to have robust political discussions - we should disagree and have a healthy dabate. He was told not to report for work while the investigation was under way. But we can not ever tolerate threats of violence, especially against an elected official. Additionally, Martan is restricted from possessing a firearm and from contacting Rep. McSally.

Man arrested by FBI for allegedly threatening congresswoman