Man who threatened Joe Biden is shot and killed by FBI: A Utah man who had made specific threats to kill political figures, including U.S. Joe Biden and VP Kamala Harris, was killed during an FBI raid Wednesday.
Man Who Threatened Joe Biden Was Shot and Killed by FBI
The FBI shot and killed a Utah man amid a raid on Wednesday, ABC News reported.
The man, per the report, was being investigated for threats made against President Biden, Vice President Harris, and people involved in the prosecutions of Donald Trump.
The man had not only posted threats, ABC said, but had implied that he was “making plans to take physical action.”
The president is scheduled to visit Utah, where the man lived, this week, in his first visit to that state of his presidency.
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The man’s name was Craig Deleeuw Robertson, and the bureau, which had search and arrest warrants, was seeking to arrest him for interstate threats, threats against the president, and influencing, impeding, and retaliating against federal law enforcement officers by threat.
“I hear Biden is coming to Utah. Digging out my old ghillie suit and cleaning the dust off the M24 sniper rifle,” Robertson had posted to his Facebook account. “Perhaps Utah will become famous this week as the place a sniper took out Biden the Marxist.”
“The time is right for a presidential assassination or two. First Joe then Kamala!!!,” he said in another post, per WANE, while he also posted a rifle and described it as a “Democrat eradicator.”
Biden was briefed on what happened on Wednesday.
Robertson also claimed on Facebook to have dreamed that he had seen “Joe Biden’s body in a dark corner of a DC parking garage with his head severed and lying in a huge puddle of blood.”
He also asked the FBI if they were “still monitoring my social media,” and promised to have a “loaded gun handy” in case they should visit him “again.” The “again” implies that the FBI had confronted himself before about threatening behavior on social media.
Robertson also specifically threatened to kill Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, calling him a “Soros DA,” the complaint said.
“I’ll be waiting in the courthouse parking garage with my suppressed Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm to smoke a radical fool prosecutor that should never have been elected,” he posted. “BYE, BYE, TO ANOTHER CORRUPT B______!!!,” per Fox 13.
Others named in the posts included New York Attorney General Letitia James, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and California Gov. Gavin Newsom, NBC News reported.
“The FBI takes all shooting incidents involving our agents or task force members seriously,” the FBI said in a statement. “In accordance with FBI policy, the shooting incident is under review by the FBI’s Inspection Division. As this is an ongoing matter, we have no further details to provide.
Per NBC News, the probe had started with a tip from the FBI National Threat Operations Center in March. Not long after, agents performed surveillance at Robertson’s address and later confronted him.
“We’re done here! Don’t return without a warrant!,” Robertson told agents at the end of the first visit, NBC reported, citing the charging document.
“The Secret Service is aware of the FBI investigation involving an individual in Utah who has exhibited threats towards a protectee,” that agency said in a statement.
“While we always remain in close coordination with our law enforcement partners, this is an FBI-led effort and we would refer any related questions to the FBI.”
A 2019 obituary of a woman who appears to be Robertson’s former wife describes them as having met at Brigham Young University, marrying in 1971 and divorcing in 1986.
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