Pennsylvania man charged with sending ‘anthrax’ death threats

Pennsylvania man charged with sending ‘anthrax’ death threats


The USA Ministry of Justice said Wednesday it has charged one person with threatening to kill the president Joe Biden and Jan 6 House Select Committee Chairman Rep. Benny Thompson (D-Miss.).

What happened: Robert Maverick Vargo25, was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of threatening the President of the United States, interstate communication with a threat, and influencing a federal official with a threat, the DoJ said.

United States Attorney Gerhard Karam claimed that Thompson’s office received a letter from Vargo on Oct. 11 that contained threats to kill the Representative and his family. The letter also threatened the President.

The letter alluded to “anthrax” and contained what the DoJ described as “a white powder.”

“I’m going to kill you! I’m going to make you feel the rest of our pain and suffering. There’s nowhere and nobody that can keep you from me. I’m going to kill you and the ones you love. I promise you, I mean will keep promises to the day of my death,” the letter said, the statement said.

The letter went on to say, “You and Joe Biden will soon face death for the wrongs you have done to the United States.”

Why it matters: Vargo, who is from Berwick, Pennsylvania, faces a total of 25 years in prison for these offenses and a fine, according to the DoJ.

The department said investigations by the US Capitol Police’s Hazardous Material Response Team concluded the powder posed no “imminent threat to public safety.”

The threatening letter and powder were sent by Vargo from Luzerne County Correctional Facility in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
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