Man Arrested for Threatening Senators Over Kavanaugh Support

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 22, 2018

Ronald DeRisi, 74, of Smithtown, Long Island, was arrested Friday morning after allegedly leaving more than ten "threatening voice messages" at the offices of two senators due to their support for Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation. He was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation Friday, Newsday reported. DeRisi was ordered to be detained because he "could pose a danger to the community".

Federal prosecutors are not naming the senators who received the threatening messages.

The senators are not named in the complaint, but the New York Post has identified them as Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Susan Collins (R-Maine). "Side of your [expletive] ... skull ..."

The 85-year-old senator got another call that same day, saying: "We're exhausted of this guy sucking taxpayers' money!"

"I'm gonna get you", he's accused of saying in a message to another Senator on October 6. "How could you not know that...you f-king twit". "I'm gonna get you", according to Newsday.

According to the complaint filed in Brooklyn, the Capitol Police were made aware by a Senate office of a September 27 voicemail in which DeRisi is alleged to have said he had a "present" of a, "nine millimeter".

U.S. Capitol Police used phone and bank records to trace the calls back to DeRisi, according to the affidavit.

"The threats in the voice-messages were apparently made to discourage Senator-1 and Senator-2 from supporting Judge Kavanaugh's nomination and/or as retaliation for having voted to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court", according to the complaint. They found ammunition and a BB gun at DeRisi's home after a search warrant was executed, The New York Times reported.

Derisi previously pleaded guilty to making other harassing calls in a case that involved at least 15 calls he placed to a victim's home and office, according to the complaint. Defense attorney Peter Brill says Derisi was under the care of a psychiatrist and takes medication for his illness.

The charges against DeRisi highlight a spate of illegal political threats that have emerged from opponents of Kavanaugh's contentious confirmation.

Police charged Ronald Derisi, 74, of Smithtown, New York, with threatening to murder a federal official.

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