Missouri Man Indicted for Threatening Two Congressmen

A Marionville, Missouri, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for threatening two members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Kenneth R. Hubert, 63, was charged in a three-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo., on Feb. 23, 2021. That indictment was unsealed and made public today upon Hubert’s arrest and initial court appearance.

The federal indictment alleges that on Jan. 7, 2021, Hubert threatened to assault and murder U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver II (D-Mo.), with the intent to impede, intimidate, and interfere with Cleaver while he was engaged in the performance of his official duties, and retaliate against Cleaver on account of the performance of his official duties. Cleaver represents the Fifth Congressional District in Missouri.

“The director of the field office in Kansas City called me a couple hours ago and told me his agents had just arrested someone for threats on me,” Cleaver told The Kansas City Star. Cleaver also said that he didn’t know Hubert personally and he only learned about the threat last week from Rep. Cohen

The indictment also alleges that on May 6, 2019, Hubert threatened to assault and murder U.S. Representative Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), with the intent to impede, intimidate, and interfere with Cohen while he was engaged in the performance of his official duties, and retaliate against Cohen on account of the performance of his official duties.

The indictment alleges this threat occurred when Hubert called Cohen’s office in Washington, D.C. Cohen represents the Ninth Congressional District in Tennessee

“The director of the field office in Kansas City called me a couple hours ago and told me his agents had just arrested someone for threats on me,” Cleaver told The Kansas City Star. Cleaver also said that he didn’t know Hubert personally and he only learned about the threat last week from Rep. Cohen.

Hubert remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing on Monday, March 8.

 

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