John Bacon, USA TODAY
Published 12:06 p.m. ET Jan. 13, 2021 | Updated 1:00 p.m. ET Jan. 13, 2021
Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen sends ‘clear message’ to anybody making an attempt violence across the upcoming inauguration.
A closely armed man arrested someday after final week’s deadly Capitol riot had despatched textual content messages threatening to kill the mayor of Washington in addition to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, based on a authorities memorandum.
Cleveland Grover Meredith was armed with an assault-style rifle, a Glock firearm with high-capacity magazines and greater than 2,500 rounds of ammunition, based on papers filed Wednesday in federal courtroom asking that Meredith be held with out bond.
Authorities say Meredith texted a number of folks about plans for violence within the days earlier than he arrived in Washington late on Jan. 6 from Colorado. Earlier that day, rioting supporters of President Donald Trump, angered that Congress was making ready to certify the election outcomes for President-elect Joe Biden, stormed by means of the U.S. Capitol. At least 5 folks, together with a Capitol Police officer, died on account of the violence.
Meredith, in one of many texts, states that “we’re gonna surround DC and slowly constrict.” Apparently believing that legislation enforcement was monitoring his communications, he later despatched a textual content stating, “I’m harmless . . . I won’t fire until ordered SIR!”
After receiving texts describing the riot, Meredith responded “Ready to take away a number of craniums from shoulders.” Shortly afterward, the defendant despatched a textual content that acknowledged, “I’m so ready to (expletive) SOME TRAITORS UP.”
On Jan. 7, Meredith despatched a textual content that stated,