Since vocally defending the 2020 presidential election results, the Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D) reported a shooting spree that began shortly after the race and escalated again following a partisan ‘medico-legal check’.
On Friday, federal authorities arrested one of the men accused of threatening to harm her — allegedly, by a bomb threat on Valentine’s Day 2021.
Prosecutors say James W. Clarka 38-year-old man from Falmouth, Mass., completed the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office of the Elections Division web form on February 14, 2021.
In the message, according to prosecutors, Clark wrote that if Hobbs did not resign within two days, an “impacted explosive device in his personal space would detonate.”
Clark’s indictment shielded the election official’s identity as “VICTIM-1.” Although the message was allegedly addressed to the target as “Attorney General”, Hobbs’ office confirmed that the Secretary of State was the referenced person. The post also referred to the official as a woman and the Arizona Attorney General Marc Brnovitch (R) is male.
About four days after this missive, Clark reportedly searched for the official’s address and “how to kill her”, followed by further web searches for “fema boston marathon bombing” and “fema boston marathon bombing plan digital army”, according to the indictment.
Clark faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of uttering a bomb threat and a maximum sentence of five years if convicted of additional counts of bomb hoaxing and d having made a threatening interstate communication.
Deputy Attorney General Kenneth A. Poli, Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division assigned the charges against Clark to the Election Threats Task Force created by the Attorney General Merrick Garland.
“Unlawful threats of violence endanger election officials and workers and undermine the foundation of our democracy: free and fair elections,” Polite said.
American lawyer Gary M. Restainoof the Arizona District, issued a similar note.
“Throughout Arizona, we are fortunate to have highly professional state, county and local officials who administer elections in a fair and impartial manner,” Restaino said in a statement. “Democracy demands that we support these officials and take any allegations of threats or violence against them seriously.”
Weeks after the presidential election, Hobbs released a Nov. 18 statement linking the threats against her to “misinformation” peddled by the then-president. donald trump and his allies in Congress.
“It is high time they stopped,” Hobbs wrote at the time. Their words and actions have consequences.
After the GOP-dominated Arizona Senate backed partisan electoral scrutiny by Cyber Ninjas, Hobbs told Law&Crime in an interview that she faced “renewed threats.”
“The level of harassment and – just – attacks on my office from all angles has not diminished, and there are new threats, forcing me to have a security detail for the second time,” said said Hobbs on the Law&Crime podcast “Objections: With Adam Klasfeld.” “It’s not part of my job to have that. But this is the second time in the past six months that this has happened.
The Cyber Ninjas review amplified unfounded suspicions about that of Joe Biden victory in the state – but eventually released a report saying Trump lost by a wider margin than the official tally. The company’s so-called “forensic audit” had a $5.2 million price tag, funded by Trump loyalists with contributions from Arizona taxpayers.
The company’s bizarre methods included searching for watermarks under ultraviolet light, measuring the thickness of ballots and inspecting ballots for bamboo fibers, a hunt guided by the proposal that dozens thousands of ballot papers had been flown in from Asia.
“While conspiracy theorists undoubtedly encourage these types of inspections – and perhaps provide financial support as a result of their use – they only further marginalize the professionalism and intent of this ‘audit,'” wrote the secretary in early 2021.
Hobbs announced her candidacy for governor of Arizona just over a year ago, in June 2021. On Twitter, she talks about the threats against her in a video embedded in a pinned tweet.
Read the indictment below:
(Image via KNXV-TV screenshot)
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