Missouri man charged with threatening Sen. Josh Hawley

4 months 1 week 4 days ago Saturday, April 06 2019 Apr 6, 2019 Saturday, April 06, 2019 1:33:00 PM CDT April 06, 2019 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. CHARLES (AP) — An eastern Missouri man has been arrested after authorities say he threatened Missouri Republican U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley in a social media message.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Jeremy Cawthon appeared in federal court Friday afternoon in St. Louis for a brief hearing on a charge of transmitting a threat in interstate commerce.

An arrest affidavit says the FBI was contacted on April 1 about the Facebook threat, in which Cawthon is accused of writing to Hawley that "I will kill you before I allow you to continue a dictatorship of monetary and religious systems.."

Cawthon has asked a judge to appoint a lawyer for him. The judge ordered Cawthon held until next week, when a hearing will be held to determine if he should be kept in jail until trial.

Prosecutors plan to bring the case before a grand jury on Thursday.

Hawley spokeswoman Kelli Ford said the senator appreciates "the vigilance of the law enforcement community."

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