An individual from Alabama has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Atlanta on charges of threatening the Fulton County District Attorney, Fani Willis. The charges are related to her prosecution of former President Donald Trump, as per reports. It has been alleged that the accused threatened Willis over her efforts to investigate Trump’s attempts to overturn the results of the Georgia election.
Arthur Ray Hanson has been accused of sending interstate threats to harm Willis and Fulton County Sheriff Patrick Labat. The sheriff’s office is responsible for the jail where former president Donald Trump was fingerprinted and photographed after being indicted in August 2021 for allegedly attempting to overturn the outcome of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia.
After being taken into custody, Hanson was presented in Huntsville federal court in Alabama, and is scheduled to be transported to Atlanta for a formal arraignment next month.
According to court records, Hanson, who is 59 years old, left two threatening voicemail messages on the Fulton County customer service line in August. The messages were directed towards Willis and Labat.
According to court records, Hanson left a message for Willis cautioning him to be careful while heading towards his car or house at night. “Watch everywhere that you’re going,” Hanson emphasized in the message.
According to court records, a message was sent stating, “If I were you, I would be very afraid. You can’t rely on people to always protect you. There will be moments where you’ll be vulnerable. When you charge Trump on that fourth indictment, be cautious and always keep an eye out when you’re alone.” This message serves as a reminder of the potential risks and dangers that come with taking certain actions.
According to U.S. Attorney Ryan Buchanan, sending threats across state boundaries with the intention of causing physical harm to prosecutors and law enforcement officers is a despicable act. It is aimed at disrupting the administration of justice and instilling fear in those who have taken an oath to defend and uphold the rights of citizens. Threatening to harm public servants who are simply carrying out their duties to enforce criminal laws can potentially undermine the very fabric of our society.
In August, former President Trump and 18 other individuals pleaded not guilty to all the charges in a racketeering indictment that accused them of attempting to overturn Georgia’s election results. Recently, four defendants have taken plea deals and agreed to testify against others in the case. Trump and the remaining defendants still maintain their innocence.
According to reports, the ex-president has strongly criticized the district attorney’s investigation, labeling it as politically motivated.