“To tell [M.G.] to watch his back, tell him to look after his children,” Huelsman is said to have said, according to the indictment. “I’m coming for him… I’m going to kill him… I’m going to put a bullet in you and I go put a bullet in one of your damn kids too.”
Gaetz confirmed to Mediafrolic on Tuesday that he was the target of the alleged threats. The message came as he played a prominent role in furthering former President Donald Trump’s false claims of widespread fraud in last year’s presidential race.
The arrest came within a day or two after the Republican congressman went to the House last week to complain that the Justice Department was not aggressive enough in dealing with threats against him.
“I think someone is trying to kill me and if they succeed, I want my constituents and my family to know who stopped their arrest,” Gaetz said on Wednesday. The congressman went on to say that someone who threatened him on Twitter had traveled to Washington DC in recent days and that the Justice Department refused to arrest the suspect, despite the Capitol Police’s recommendation of such arrest.
Gaetz told Mediafrolic on Tuesday that he believes his comments prompted the arrest, but that the case he described on the floor and the earlier episode mentioned in the indictment have nothing to do with each other.
“An indictment was issued in May and has now been unlocked the week after my criticism,” the GOP lawmaker said. “If they took our security seriously, they would arrest all the people who violate federal law and the threats to kill us, not just some of them…I think the Justice Department is biased against Republicans.”
At a news conference on an unrelated topic Tuesday, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said federal prosecutors are determined to prosecute threat cases. She also seemed to go out of her way to note the department’s commitment to addressing threats against federal lawmakers.
“I think the Attorney General has been very clear that it is the job of the Department of Justice, working with state and local law enforcement, to prevent violence, to prevent threats of violence, whether it be on school boards. whether it be hate crimes, be it against election workers, be it threats against judges or members of Congress, our focus is on preventing violence or threats of violence,” Monaco said in response to a question from a reporter about a controversial DOJ initiative to address threats against school boards.
During a court hearing in Los Angeles Friday, Huelsman was released by a federal magistrate on a $20,000 bond, a US Attorney General said.
A representative of the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida confirmed the charge and arrest. According to court records, Huelsman is due to appear before a magistrate in Pensacola on Friday.
According to online databases, Eugene Huelsman of Thousand Oaks spent decades as a cinematographer on film and television productions and garnered five Emmy nominations for his work on NBC’s “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.”
Gaetz has been the focus of intense Justice Department activity in recent months.
For about a year, federal prosecutors in Orlando have been investigating whether Gaetz had sex with underage girls or paid women to cross state or federal boundaries to engage in prostitution. Gaetz has not been charged in the case, but the investigation turned more serious for the congressman in May, when a longtime friend — former Seminole County tax collector Joel Greenberg — pleaded guilty to sex trafficking on a minor charge and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors. .
Gaetz has denied having sex with anyone under 18. He has also refused to hire prostitutes, although he says he sometimes paid for travel expenses from women he dated.
Meanwhile, in August, Florida developer Stephen Alford was indicted on charges of trying to extort $25 million from Gaetz’s father as part of a bizarre plan to pardon Gaetz while winning the release of a former FBI agent. who disappeared in Iran in 2007. , Robert Levinson. Alford pleaded innocent in the case.