Man Arrested for Threatening Senators Over Kavanaugh Support

Elias Hubbard
October 22, 2018

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U.S. Capitol Police said Derisi left 10 voicemails for another unnamed senator beginning October 6, the day Kavanaugh was confirmed by the U.S. Senate. It's not clear at this time which senators were threatened, as they were only identified as Senator-1 and Senator-2.

Two of the threatening voicemails were left for a Senator on September 27, the same day that Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who came forward to accuse the now Supreme Court Justice of sexually assaulting her while they were teens, testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The caller then went on to say, apparently about the Senator, 'He's a dead man! If [expletive] Kavanaugh gets in, he's dead [expletive] meat. 9 millimeter, side of the f***ing head! Actually, even if Kavanaugh doesn't get in he's dead f**king meat. How many more years you gonna do it?

In another call left on the other senator's phone, the message said, "Listen ... don't you know the guy's a sex offender?"

U.S. Capitol Police special agent Lawrence Anyaso said DeRisi had made the calls through a pre-paid cell phone, which was purchased with a debit card under his name.

Investigators used cellphone records and "location information" from a phone provider to determine the calls were placed in the vicinity of Derisi's home in Suffolk County, according to the criminal complaint.

Ronald DeRisi, 74, of Smithtown, N.Y., was charged Friday with threatening federal officials. Kavanaugh, who was later confirmed with a final vote of 50-48, denies the allegations.

"We and all those dedicated to the rule of law will not tolerate the use violence and threats of violence in attempts to prevail in political disputes", said Richard Donoghue, the USA attorney for New York's Eastern District. The message ended with the defendant allegedly saying, "Yeah, Kavanaugh".

Less than an hour later, the same senator received another message from DeRisi.

"The First Amendment - the pinnacle of American achievement - protects debate, disagreement and dissent, not death threats".

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