A man has been indicted on charges of threatening to murder two prominent liberal senators — Vermont Independent Bernie Sanders and California Democrat Kamala Harris — as well as to harm participants in the “March for Our Lives” gun control rally held on the National Mall in March.
The five-count grand jury indictment of Nicholas Bukoski was revealed Wednesday by the Washington D.C. branch of the U.S. District Court. It contains few details of the alleged threats but indicates they all occurred on March 24, the day of the rally.
The indictment was issued in April but held under seal until late last week, when Bukoski was taken into federal custody, and wasn’t revealed publicly until Wednesday.
Bukoski is charged with two counts of threatening to assault or murder members of Congress and three counts of transmitting threats via interstate commerce. Sanders and Harris are both considered 2020 Democratic presidential prospects. The March for Our Lives rally was organized by survivors of the mass school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.
There are few details about Bukoski available in the federal filings, however a 19-year-old man of the same name was arrested in April for an armed robbery and was later charged with a string of arsons, according to local reports.
Federal prosecutors filed their initial indictment under seal, according to a U.S. District Court filing, to avoid tipping off Bukoski to their pursuit.
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Source: Baptist Press