“The words I chose would and did put the recipient in fear for her safety,” Lemke said in court.
While Lemke pleaded guilty to one count related to threatening that journalist’s family, prosecutors detailed several other threats he made to others, including to a family member of Democratic Congressman Hakeem Jeffries of New York, in court filings.
“Your brother is putting your entire family at risk with his lies and other words. We are armed and nearby your house. You had better have a word with him. We are not far from his either. Already spoke to [Congressman-1’s son] and know where his kids are,” the text read, according to the court documents. CNN has reached out to a spokesperson for Jeffries.
Jeffries previously confirmed he was Congressman-1 to CNN
. In a statement from his office
, he gave
“his deep thanks and heartfelt gratitude to the FBI
, Amerikaanse. Capitol-polisie, NYPD and all law enforcement authorities involved for their commitment to protecting the safety and well-being of his family and all Members of the United States Congress.
Lemke also threatened other journalists, volgens aanklaers, including CNN’s Brian Stelter as well as others at CNN.
Prosecutors allege that Lemke researched Stelter’s family members and contacted him after a November 2020 show in which the CNN chief media correspondent said, “Die 2020 election is over, even though President Trump is still in denial about it.”Volgens aanklaers, Lemke referenced details about Stelter’s family members and told him, “You can either choose to dig the hole deeper or stop digging. Because we’re not fu***** around.”
After Lemke pleaded guilty, US Attorney Damian Williams of the Southern District of New York said in a statement that threats will not be tolerated by law enforcement.
“Robert Lemke was frustrated with the result of the 2020 Presidential Election,” Williams gesê. “Rather than attempting to effect change through legal discourse or any of the other freedoms of expression that all Americans enjoy, he instead sent threatening messages to the family member of a journalist. Onvermydelik, elections result in frustrations for some — that is part of the political process — but trying to instill fear in others by threat will not be tolerated by law enforcement.”