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Prosecutors unseal charges against Michigan man for threatening FBI director and California congressman


Prosecutors on Tuesday opened a criminal complaint against a Michigan man accused of threatening to kill a California congressman and FBI Director Christopher Wray, adding to the spate of recent alleged criminal threats against lawmakers.

According to court documents, Neil Matthew Walter made several threats online and in a voice message to lawmakers and law enforcement officials. He is accused of transmitting an interstate threat to harm someone.

Court documents do not indicate whether Walter was arrested, and an attorney for Walter is not on the public list.

On November 4, the United States Capitol Police were alerted to threatening voicemail messages allegedly left by Walter on the voicemail of Democratic Rep. John Garamendi’s DC office, according to court documents.

Neil Matthew Walter is accused of making death threats to a California congressman and FBI director, Christopher Wray.

“John. Hello Johannes. You’re going to die, John. You’re going to die,” Walter is said to have said in the recording.

In comments posted last week during a live stream of FBI Director Christopher Wray’s testimony before Congress, Walter reportedly wrote, “I’m going to kill you, Director Wray, you’re going to die, I’m going to kill you in self-defense,” says the document.

“I thank Capitol Police and the FBI for quickly addressing this threat,” Garamendi said in a statement Tuesday.

In recent months, several members of Congress and their families have received threats and some have been physically assaulted, including last month’s brutal assault on the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Paul Pelosi.

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security have also warned of threats against law enforcement, and this summer a man was killed in Cincinnati after allegedly attempting to break into an FBI field office with a nail gun and an AR-15.

A local police officer performed a health check on Walter after law enforcement became aware of the threats, according to court documents. During the encounter, Walter allegedly refused to put down a pistol, said he would “defend himself against the US government” and ranted at length about “kids being raped, a lawsuit with Putin and how he calls all the time but nobody does.” something for the kids.”

Facebook posts on Walter’s accounts cited in the affidavit contained similar rants about the danger to children, including the belief that a child slavery ring was being held in the US Capitol.

Both of Walter’s parents told law enforcement that he has struggled with his mental health in recent years and has been in and out of mental health facilities, according to court documents.