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Michigan Attorney General charges Clare County man with threats connected to Nov. election

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Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office has charged a Harrison man with making threats against two federal lawmakers around the time of last November’s general election.

In a statement, Nessel alleged that Daniel Thompson, 62, “left threatening messages” for U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and made “vulgar and threatening remarks in a phone conversation” with a member of U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin’s office.

The Attorney General said Thompson told a Slotkin staffer that “people will die” in reference to the election results. 

Nessel said Thompson made the calls from two different counties. Her office has filed charges in both Livingston County and Clare County district courts.

Another man, Clinton Stewart, 43, from Georgia, has also been charged with leaving a threatening voicemail, the attorney general’s office said.

Stewart allegedly called Michigan Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens after she had ruled that late-arriving absentee ballots could be counted after election day and left her a message saying that “activist judges” were “making rulings that favored then president-elect Joe Biden to win the election through mail-in ballots.”

“It is unacceptable and illegal to intimidate or threaten public officials,” Nessel said in her 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.” 

No court dates have yet been set.

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