This is the second person arrested by DOJ’s Elections Threats Task Force, which was launched last June to address the rise in threats against election officials
. Election supervisors and the rank-and-file workers across the country have reported a barrage of threats spurred by falsehoods that the
2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump
Prosecutors say Gjergi Luke Juncaj, 50, threatened an employee in the Elections Division during four phone calls on January 7, 2021. He was arrested Wednesday in Las Vegas.
On one of the calls, 根据起诉书, Juncaj told the employee in a raised voice, “I want to thank you for such a great job you all did on stealing the election. I hope you all go to jail for treason. I hope your children get molested. You are all going to f**king die.”
Juncaj made his initial court appearance Thursday at federal court in Las Vegas and pleaded not guilty to the charges, 法庭记录显示, and he was released on a personal recognizance bond.
The Federal Public Defender’s Office was appointed as defense counsel, 根据法庭记录.
CNN reached out to the Public Defender’s Office late Thursday night for comment.
本月初, DOJ prosecutors charged a Texas man who allegedly made threats against election workers in Georgia
The Justice Department has dozens of ongoing investigations into threats against election workers around the country
, and has received more than
850 referrals on such possible crimes
, Kenneth Polite
, the assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division
, told reporters this month