Federal authorities have arrested a supporter of President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C. who allegedly traveled from Georgia to the nation’s capital to kill House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
FBI agents said the man, Cleveland Grover Meredith,53, had been staying at a Holiday Inn in Washington and had weapons in his camper-style trailer, including a Glock handgun, a pistol, a Tavor X95 assault rifle and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
According to an arrest warrant obtained by Atlanta CBS affiliate WCGL-TV, FBI agents searched Meredith’s phone and discovered at least one text message sent by the suspect in which he talks about “putting a bullet in her noggin’ on Live TV,” referring to the California Democrat.
Dozens of Trump supporters have been arrested so far in connection with the violence, which left five dead, including a Capitol Police officer.
Trump has faced calls for his resignation or removal over the incident, which occurred after the president urged his supporters to walk down to the Capitol and pressure Republican lawmakers to overturn his election defeat.
The Democratic House leader and other members of Congress have faced threats of violence amid the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the November election, which occurred last week after the massive violent riot overtook the U.S. Capitol and forced lawmakers to hide in secure areas for hours.
The Speaker’s office did not immediately return a request for comment on Meredith’s arrest.