Man accused of threatening to kill Matt Gaetz is arrested: report

Man accused of threatening to kill Matt Gaetz is arrested: report
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Matt Gaetz

A man who made a death threat against Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz just days after the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was arrested last week, POLITICO reports.

Eugene Huelsman was arrested in the Los Angeles area on an indictment from May by a federal grand jury in Pensacola, Florida.

According to the indictment, Huelsman called Gaetz's office and said, "Tell [Gaetz] to watch his back, tell him to watch his children," Huelsman allegedly said. "I'm coming for him, … I'm gonna f---ing kill him ... I'm gonna put a bullet in you and I'm gonna put a bullet in one of your f---ing kids too."

The arrest came within days of Gaetz taking to the House floor last week to complain that the Justice Department hasn't been diligent enough when it comes to threats being made against him.

"I think someone may be trying to kill me and if they are successful I would like my constituents and my family to know who stopped their arrest," Gaetz said last Wednesday.

Speaking to POLITICO, Gaetz said that the case he described on the floor and the earlier episode mentioned in the indictment are not related.

"An indictment was issued in May, and has now been unsealed the week after my criticism," the GOP lawmaker said. "If they if they took our security seriously, they would arrest all of the people who violate federal law and the threats to kill us, not just some of them....I think that the Department of Justice is biased against Republicans."

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