The FBI is investigating a Facebook post that threatened to lynch the congresswoman who’s feuding with President Trump.
Des Plaines police have turned the investigation over to the FBI after conferring with the agency, authorities told the Daily News. U.S. Capitol Police are also investigating.
“We are aware of a social media posting generated in Des Plaines, IL and are in contact with local authorities,” reads a statement from the FBI’s Chicago field office.
But the man suspected of posting the meme, targeted at Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), claims he didn’t make it and he’s not under investigation.
“There is no investigation,” he told the Chicago Tribune on Monday.
Tom Keevers said he didn’t send the post, which featured a photo of Wilson, who is black, accompanied by the words: “Need ten good men to help carry out a lynching. Must have own horse and saddle. Rope will be provided.”
The post featured a photo of Keever, his name and had a Des Plaines location stamp.
Wilson has been in dispute with the White House over an account of President Trump’s condolence call to the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed earlier this month in Niger.
Keevers told the Tribune he deleted a Facebook post in which the comments “got out of control” after complaining about Wilson “using the death of an American soldier for politics.”
Myeshia Johsnon, the soldier’s widow, told ABC News on Monday that the lawmaker’s account was “100%” true.
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SOURCE: NY Daily News, Terence Cullen