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St. Charles County man threatened Sen. Josh Hawley in Facebook post, feds say

St. Charles County man threatened Sen. Josh Hawley in Facebook post, feds say

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ST. CHARLES COUNTY • A man from St. Charles County was arrested Friday morning on a federal charge accusing him of threatening Sen. Josh Hawley.

Jeremy L. Cawthon appeared in court at a brief hearing Friday afternoon. Asked if he’d seen a copy of the charge and accusation against him, filed earlier that day, he replied that he had, then added, “I disagree.”

In an affidavit accompanying the complaint charging Cawthon with transmitting a threat in interstate commerce, FBI Special Agent Michael Christian wrote that the U.S. Capitol Police contacted the FBI on April 1 saying that Hawley, R-Mo., had been threatened via a Facebook account linked to Cawthon.

Among those threats, Christian wrote, were, “You are not running away or ignoring this…your (sic) going to jail…or I will kill you before I allow you to continue a dictatorship of monetary and religious systems….”

The complaint claims he also wrote, “So I just called josh Hawley…they said I’ll be happy to contact the police if your (sic) threatening a United States Senator…I said absolutely you broke the Supreme Law of the Land…I’m absolutely threatening…as people are dying under a despotism….”

In court, Cawthon asked U.S. Magistrate Judge Shirley Padmore Mensah to appoint a lawyer to represent him, as he couldn’t afford to hire one. He also said he wanted to get home to his children.

Cawthon will be held in jail until at least next week, when there will be a hearing to determine if he should be kept in jail until trial.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Howard Marcus told Mensah that prosecutors would bring the case before a grand jury on Thursday.

A photo of Cawthon was not available.

In a 2017 civil suit filed by a former landlord over unpaid rent, a letter sent on behalf of Cawthon said he suffered from brain lesions and hemochromatosis, which causes excess iron in the body.

In an email, Hawley spokeswoman Kelli Ford said, “We appreciate the vigilance of the law enforcement community.”

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