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Missouri Man Arrested For Threatening To Kill Congressman Cleaver

In this June 27, 2018 file photo, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., asks a question during a committee meeting in Washington. Cleaver is one of two U.S. House Representatives allegedly threatened by a Marionville, Missouri, man.
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In this June 27, 2018 file photo, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., asks a question during a committee meeting in Washington. Cleaver is one of two U.S. House Representatives allegedly threatened by a Marionville, Missouri, man.

A federal grand jury indictment unsealed on Wednesday says Kenneth R. Hubert, 63, of Marionville, Missouri, threatened to “murder” U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver and another congressman from Tennessee.

A southwest Missouri man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly threatening to kill U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver just a day after the assault on the U.S. Capitol last month.

According to a federal grand jury indictment unsealed Wednesday, Kenneth R. Hubert, 63, threatened “to assault and murder” Cleaver, a Kansas City Democrat, “on account of the performance of his official duties.”

Hubert allegedly made the same threat against U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, a Tennessee Democrat, in May 2019. Don Ledford, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Kansas City, said he didn’t have information on a motive.

Cleaver said his office began receiving an increase in racist, threatening and violent messages after the assault on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

“As the attempted coup on January 6 proved, violent rhetoric eventually leads to violent action—and violent action leads to tragedy,” Cleaver said in a statement.

“For this reason, we must make clear that violent hate speech has no place in the United States, and anyone who crosses the line from spirited debate to violent threats must be held accountable.”

In addition to the two counts of threats against U.S. congressmen, Hubert also faces charges of threatening Cohen and a staffer by phone. Cohen’s district includes most of Memphis.

Hubert's next court appearance is set for March 8.

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Peggy Lowe
Peggy Lowejoined Harvest Public Media in 2011, returning to the Midwest after 22 years as a journalist in Denver and Southern California. Most recently she was at The Orange County Register, where she was a multimedia producer and writer. In Denver she worked for The Associated Press, The Denver Post and the late, great Rocky Mountain News. She was on the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage of Columbine. Peggy was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan in 2008-09. She is from O'Neill, the Irish Capital of Nebraska, and now lives in Kansas City. Based at KCUR, Peggy is the analyst for The Harvest Network and often reports for Harvest Public Media.

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