Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Nevada man accused of making threatening calls to state election worker

This is the second person arrested by the DOJ’s Election Threat Task Force, which was launched last June to address a rise in threats against election officials. Election observers and rank-and-file activists across the country have reported a flurry of threats inspired by lies that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump.

Prosecutors say 50-year-old Geergi Luke Junkaj threatened an election department employee during four phone calls on January 7, 2021. He was arrested in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

On a call, according to the indictment, Junkaj said in a raised voice to the employee, “I want to thank you all for such a great job of stealing elections. I hope you all go to jail for treason.” I hope your kids are molested. You all kings are going to die.”

More states fought against threats to election workers

Junkaz appeared in his preliminary courtroom in federal court in Las Vegas on Thursday and pleaded not guilty to the charges, court records show, and was released on personal identification bond.

According to court records, the Office of the Federal Public Defender was appointed as the defense counsel.

CNN reached out to the Public Defender’s office late Thursday for comment.

Earlier this month, DOJ prosecutors charged a Texas man who allegedly made threats against election workers in Georgia.
The Justice Department has dozens of ongoing investigations into threats against election workers nationwide, and has received more than 850 referrals on such possible crimes, Kenneth Polite, assistant attorney general for the Criminal Department, told reporters this month.

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