Wagswoofs – On Monday, an Alabama man was indicted by a federal grand jury in Atlanta for allegedly threatening Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis over her handling of the prosecution of former President Donald Trump.
Arthur Ray Hanson faces charges of sending threats across state lines to harm both Willis and Fulton County Sheriff Patrick Labat. Sheriff Labat oversees the jail where former President Trump was processed, including fingerprinting and photographing, after his indictment in August. Trump was charged with attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia.
Hanson appeared for the first time in Huntsville federal court in Alabama, and is scheduled to be brought to Atlanta for an arraignment next month.
According to court records, Hanson, who is 59 years old, left two voicemail messages threatening violence against Willis and Labat after calling the Fulton County customer service line twice in August.
According to court records, Hanson left a message for Willis advising him to be cautious while moving around at night, whether it’s walking to his car or entering his house. “Make sure you watch everywhere you’re going,” Hanson cautioned in the message.
According to court records, a message conveyed, “If I were in your shoes, I would be very afraid because you can’t have people around you at all times to shield you; there will be instances where you’ll be exposed. When you indict Trump on that fourth charge, make sure to keep an eye out whenever you’re alone.”
U.S. Attorney Ryan Buchanan has condemned the act of sending interstate threats to physically harm prosecutors and law enforcement officers. He called it a despicable act that aims to obstruct the administration of justice and intimidate individuals who have a duty to protect the rights of citizens. Buchanan believes that when public servants are threatened for doing their jobs to enforce criminal laws, it could potentially weaken the foundation of society.
In August, Trump and 18 other individuals entered a plea of not guilty to a racketeering indictment that accused them of attempting to overturn Georgia’s election results. Since then, four defendants have opted to take plea deals in exchange for providing testimony against others involved in the case.
Critics have accused the district attorney’s investigation of being politically motivated, a charge that the former president has echoed in his criticism of the probe.
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