Federal authorities say a Brooklyn man threatened to murder a U.S. senator for criticizing President Donald Trump and supporting reproductive rights.
Prosecutors said Wednesday that Michael Brogan, 51, was charged with threatening to kill a federal official.
Authorities did not identify the senator.
Brogan’s defense attorney declined to comment.
Brogan, 51, was released from custody on $50,000 bail with home detention and ordered to wear an ankle monitor as he awaits trial.
A criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court says Brogan called the senator’s office in Washington, D.C., earlier this month and threatened to “put a bullet in ya.”
The complaint says Capitol Police traced the call to Brogan’s residence on East 31st Street in Marine Park.
Brogan told the NY Daily News he made the call in “the heat of the moment” after watching a clip of the senator online.
“Not to trivialize it, I wish in retrospect I didn’t do it, but I don’t think it’s that big,” Brogan told the paper.
“I’m going to put a bullet in ya. When I’m in D.C. and you’re there, I got your [EXPLETIVE] mark you stupid [EXPLETIVE],” he said, according to a criminal complaint. “You and your constant lambasting of President Trump. Oh, reproductive rights, reproductive rights. You know what? I’m cursing and I’m in sin because of people like you, OK?”
He continued, “If I saw you, I’d snuff your stupid [EXPLETIVE][EXPLETIVE]. I’d put a [EXPLETIVE] bullet in you. You watch your [EXPLETIVE]. If I see you on the streets, I’m gonna [EXPLETIVE] light you up with [EXPLETIVE] bullets.”