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FBI arrests man who allegedly threatened to kill Pelosi

Greg Nash

The FBI said Tuesday it has arrested a Georgia man in Washington, D.C., who allegedly threatened to kill Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

An arrest warrant obtained by Atlanta CBS affiliate WGCL-TV revealed that a man identified as Cleveland Meredith was accused of sending several text messages to friends and family referencing a desire to harm Pelosi, as well as statements indicating that he was bringing a gun and ammunition to Washington, D.C.

In at least one text allegedly sent by Meredith and discovered on his phone by FBI agents, the sender talks about “putting a bullet in her noggin’ on Live TV,” referring to the Speaker.

The Speaker’s office did not immediately return a request for comment on Meredith’s arrest. The Democratic House leader and other members of Congress have faced threats of violence amid the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the November election, which occurred last week after a massive violent riot overtook the U.S. Capitol and forced lawmakers to hide in secure areas for hours.

Dozens have been arrested so far in connection with the violence, which left five dead, including a Capitol Police officer. President Trump has faced calls for his resignation or removal over the incident, which occurred after the president urged his supporters at a rally outside the White House to walk down to the Capitol and pressure Republican lawmakers to overturn his election defeat.

Tags Capitol breach Donald Trump Joe Biden Nancy Pelosi Nancy Pelosi U.S. Capitol riot Washington, D.C.

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