Feds Charge Man Who Threatened Whistleblower’s Attorney: “All Traitors Must Die”
The day after President Donald Trump held up a photo of the Ukraine whistleblower’s attorney during a November rally, a man allegedly emailed a death threat to the lawyer — and now he has been charged by federal prosecutors, according to Politico.
Brittan J. Atkinson is accused of sending an email to attorney Mark Zaid threatening that the president’s supporters “will hunt you down and bleed you out like the pigs you are.”
Zaid confirmed to Politico that he received the email the day after Trump’s rally, during which the president also read some of Zaid’s tweets out loud to his supporters.
“All traitors must die miserable deaths,” reads the email, sent on November 7. “Those that represent traitors shall meet the same fate. We will hunt you down and bleed you out like the pigs you are. We have nothing but time, and you are running out of it. Keep looking over your shoulder. We know who you are, where you live, and who you associate with. We are all strangers in a crowd to you.”
Atkinson was charged with violating interstate communication laws that prohibit “any threat to kidnap any person or any threat to injure the person of another,” Politico reported — an offense punishable by up to five years in prison.
Concerns for the whistleblower’s safety began well before the November rally, however. Zaid and his co-counsel wrote to then Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire in September voicing “serious concerns” for their client’s physical safety after Trump accused the individual of being a spy in remarks the president made at the United Nations.
“You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart with spies and treason, right? We used to handle it a little differently than we do now,” Trump can be heard saying in audio of the remarks.
Zaid said he hopes Atkinson’s indictment “sends a message to others that such behavior will not be tolerated by a civil society that is governed by law.”