The U.S. Marshals Service has observed an alarming 400% surge in threats against federal judges within the last six years, with the count reaching over 3,700 in 2022. Notably, threats directed at FBI agents and officials from the Justice Department have seen a notable increase following the discovery of classified documents during the Mar-a-Lago raid, where Trump had them in his possession.
Recent instances of threats have been reported against prosecutors and judges connected to both state and federal cases in which Trump is involved. While not all threats can be attributed directly to these indictments, some significant incidents have occurred since the first indictment in April.
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In March, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg filed charges against Trump for falsifying business records linked to hush-money payments made during the 2016 campaign.
Prior to the indictment, Trump took to social media, insinuating that the charges could bring about “potential death and destruction.” The same day, Bragg received a death threat accompanied by an envelope containing white powder, which was later determined to be non-lethal. The accompanying note menacingly read, “ALVIN: I AM GOING TO KILL YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Trump, in a subsequent statement, expressed his aversion to violence, stating that he did not support such actions.
Another individual, Craig Deleeuw Robertson from Utah, also made threats against Bragg, labeling him a political pawn and outlining a plan to ambush him in a parking garage. According to official documents, Robertson stated, “I’ll be waiting in the courthouse parking garage with my suppressed Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm to smoke a radical fool prosecutor that should never have been elected. I want to stand over Bragg and put a nice hole in his forehead with my 9mm and watch him twitch as a drop of blood oozes from the hole as his life ebbs away to hell!”
Letitia James, New York Attorney General, who is pursuing a civil lawsuit against the former president, has not been spared from these threats. In June, she revealed that she has had to increase her security due to credible threats on her life.
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In Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney Fani Willis reported threats directed at both her and the grand jurors who were responsible for the indictment against Trump. Shockingly, personal information, including names and addresses of the grand jurors, began circulating on social media platforms.
Members of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office also faced threats prior to Trump’s surrender.
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Judge Tanya Chutkan
Recent federal investigations revealed that Abigail Jo Shry from Alvin, Texas, left a menacing voicemail on August 5, in which she threatened to kill U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX). Shry, who has a history of similar behavior and past convictions, was subsequently arrested.
Judge Tanya Chutkan is overseeing Trump’s indictment on charges stemming from the investigation led by special counsel Jack Smith. The investigation centers on Trump’s alleged involvement in efforts to overturn the 2020 election results and his role in the January 6 Capitol riot.
In summary, the legal challenges facing former President Donald Trump have seemingly given rise to a concerning increase in threats against public officials, highlighting the growing need for heightened security measures.