Michigan Attorney General charges two Trump supporters with threatening Democratic public officials

Attorney General Dana Nessel. - MICHIGAN ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE
Michigan Attorney General's Office
Attorney General Dana Nessel.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel charged two Trump supporters with threatening public officials before and after the November election.

Daniel Thompson, 62, of Harrison, is accused of leaving threatening messages for U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow and making threatening calls to U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin’s office.

In a voicemail for Stabenow on Jan. 5, Thompson identified himself as a Republican and threatened violence, saying he was angry about the election results and that he joined a Michigan militia and would engage in violence if the election results were not overturned, Nessel's office said. He made similar threats in an email to the Lansing Democrat.

On Jan. 19, Thompson is accused of making violent references, including claiming people will die, in an hourlong phone call with a staff member for Slotkin. He made additional threats to the Holly Democrat on April 2020, according to Nessel’s office.

Thompson faces up to six months in jail on three counts of malicious use of service provided by a telecommunications service provider.

Clinton Stewart, 43, of Douglas, Georgia, is accused of leaving a threatening voicemail message for Michigan Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens on Sept. 18, complaining about “activist judges” ruling in favor of mail-in ballots.

Stewart faces up to six months behind bars on a count of malicious use of services provided by a telecommunications service provider.

“It is unacceptable and illegal to intimidate or threaten public officials,” Nessel said in a statement. “To those who think they can do so by hiding behind a keyboard or phone, we will find you and we will prosecute you, to the fullest extent of the law. No elected official should have to choose between doing their job and staying safe.”

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Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling is an award-winning investigative journalist who operated Motor City Muckraker, an online news site devoted to exposing abuses of power and holding public officials accountable. Neavling also hosted Muckraker Report on 910AM from September 2017 to July 2018. Before launching Motor City Muckraker,...
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