An FBI agent enters the residence of Brendan Hunt in Queens, New York, January 19, 2021.
Source: News4 New York
A New York man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly making threats related to the upcoming presidential inauguration of Joe Biden, and calling for the deaths of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other prominent Democratic lawmakers.
The suspect, Brendan Hunt of Queens, works for the Office of Court Administration, which operates the state’s court system, and also is a part-time actor and filmmaker, authorities said.
Hunt’s arrest came just one day before Biden’s inauguration.
A criminal complaint in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn says that on Jan. 8 he posted an 88-second video on the video-sharing site Bitchute, entitled “KILL YOUR SENATORS,” with the summary line, “Slaughter them all.”
The video was posted two days after a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, killing a police officer and disrupting for hours the confirmation of Biden’s election as president. Hunt is not accused of participating in that riot.
“They’re gonna come after us, they’re gonna kill us, so we have to kill them first,” Hunt said in a video posted Jan. 8 on the video-sharing site Bitchute, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn.
“We need to go back to the U.S. Capitol when all of the Senators and a lot of the Representatives are back there, and this time we have to show up with our guns. And we need to slaughter these m——–,” he said.
[O]ur government at this point is basically a handful of traitors . . . so what you need to do is take up arms, get to D.C., probably the inauguration . . . so called inauguration of this m—— communist Joe Biden . . . [T]hat’s probably the best time to do this, get your guns, show up to D.C., and literally just spray these m——.”
Hunt also said, “If anybody has a gun, give me it, I’ll go there myself and shoot them and kill them,” according to the complaint.
Hunt also wrote a Dec. 6 Facebook post calling on Trump to take “actual revenge on democrats.”
“Meaning, we want you to hold a public execution of pelosi aoc schumer etc. And if you dont do it, the citizenry will. We’re not voting in another rigged election. Start up the firing squads, mow down these commies, and lets take america back!”
The references in that post are to Pelosi, a California Democrat, and to two New York Democrats: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who represents a district that includes parts of Queens and The Bronx, and Sen. Chuck Schumer, who is set to become Senate Majority leader.
The complaint accused Hunt of threatening to murder a U.S. official with intent to interfere with the performance of their duties of office.
Also Tuesday, a retired New York City firefighter, Thomas Fee, surrendered on charges of violent entry and disorderly conduct during the riot.
On Monday, a Pennsylvania woman surrendered to authorities, after her former romantic partner told investigators that she planned to ship a computer device stolen from Pelosi’s office during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot to Russia.
That woman, Riley June Williams, is charged with disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds with the intent to disturb a session of Congress, along with other crimes.
Riley June Williams, a Pennsylvania woman accused by the FBI of unlawfully breaching the U.S. Capitol building and directing people to U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office, is seen in a booking photograph obtained from the Dauphin County Prison in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, January 19, 2021.
Dauphin County Prison | Handout | via Reuters
Her former partner, according to a criminal complaint, said “that Williams intended to send the computer device to a friend in Russia, who then planned to sell the device to SVR, Russia’s foreign intelligence service.
“The transfer of the computer device to Russia fell through for unknown reasons and Williams still has the computer device or destroyed it,” the partner said, according to the complaint.
Williams’ mother told authorities that “she recognized her daughter inside the U.S. Capitol Building and that her daughter had taken a sudden interest in President Trump’s politics and ‘far right message boards,” the complaint said.
About 100 people so far have been charged in connection with the riot, with at least 200 more people being actively investigated so far.