Authorities: Florida man left profanity-laced threats for Booker, other members of Congress

A Florida man is accused of leaving threatening rants about gun control, illegal immigration, homosexuals, black people and Muslims for three Democratic members of Congress, including Sen. Cory Booker.

News 12 Staff

Apr 20, 2019, 12:20 AM

Updated 1,859 days ago

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A Florida man is accused of leaving threatening rants about gun control, illegal immigration, homosexuals, black people and Muslims for three Democratic members of Congress, including Sen. Cory Booker.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says 49-year-old John Kless was arrested Friday and charged with making threatening communications.
A federal criminal complaint says Kless called the Washington offices of Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Booker Tuesday and left profanity-laden voicemails for each politician. The messages specifically mentioned the elected officials being killed. Swalwell and Booker are both running for president.
Investigators say they traced the phone number back to Kless, who lives in Tamarac, Florida.
U.S. Capitol Police previously investigated Kless for a message left in February for Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Court records didn't list an attorney for Kless.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.


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