A Pennsylvania man was indicted on Wednesday after he threatened to kill President Joe Biden and the chairman of the House Jan. 6 committee Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.)
According to a press release from the US Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Robert Maverick Vargo, 25, is charged with threatening the president, sending interstate communications with a threat and influencing a federal official by threat.
The U.S attorney’s office said Thompson’s office received a letter on Oct. 11 from Vargo containing threats to kill Thompson, his family, President Joe Biden, and U.S. District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani. It also alluded to “Anthrax,” and contained what appeared to be a white powder.
The U.S. Capitol Police Hazardous Material Response Team determined that the white powder did not pose an immediate threat.
The letter also specifically mentioned Thompson’s role investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection and former President Donald Trump’s role in the attack.
“Im going to kill you! I will make you feel the rest of our pain & suffering. There is nowhere or nobody who can keep you from me,” the letter said. “I am going to kill you & those you love. I promise you that I will keep my promise until the day of my death.”
“You & Joe Biden soon will face death for the wrongs you’ve done to US,” the letter added.
Investigators determined that the letter was sent from the Luzerne County Correctional Facility in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Vargo now faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison for the new charges, along with a term of supervised release, and a fine.