One arrested in threats against Seattle congressman
FBI: California man admitted calls, said he wouldn’t risk his $3 mil. trust fund by hurting McDermott
By LEVI PULKKINEN
A California man accused of threatening to kill Seattle Congressman Jim McDermott has been arrested and charged in federal court.
[Read the criminal complaint against Charles Turner Habermann (warning: contains foul language):
Charles Turner Habermann — a 32-year-old Palm Springs, Calif., resident with a $3 million trust fund — was arrested Wednesday morning on allegations that he made threatening phone calls to the office of the Seattle Democrat late last year.
Federal authorities contend Habermann admitted to making the calls because he was angry about taxes, but said he wouldn’t risk losing his trust fund by attacking McDermott.
Federal prosecutors in Seattle described statements left by Habermann in two Dec. 9 phone calls as an “expletive-laden” effort to influence McDermott’s vote on tax policy. According to charging documents, Habermann to have threatened to kill McDermott’s friends and family, then, in the second call, threatened to put McDermott “in the trash.”