Arizona man charged with threatening Boehner via Twitter

An Arizona man was arrested and charged with threatening to kill House Speaker John Boehner via Twitter.

Ronald Dean Frazier of Lake Havasu, Ariz., was arrested by the FBI and released from custody, following a hearing Wednesday before a U.S. magistrate. He is scheduled for another court appearance later this month.

Frazier told federal authorities he had posted the tweets while he was drunk and that they were meant as a joke.

The Phoenix New Times reported that the tweets, included in the federal complaint against Frazier, contained such statements as "Did you know I'm going to kill you" and "Mission is to kill you." While Boehner's name is redacted from the complaint, the Twitter handle incorporated the speaker's last name. The profile picture was of the Ohio Republican with cross hairs on his forehead.

The complaint said Frazier told the FBI that Boehner was an "(expletive) jerk" for failing to pass bills related to veterans and that he's "unemployed thanks to our government." More from the Phoenix New Times story:

An agent with the U.S. Capitol Police found the tweets — which were posted over a two-week stretch in late April — and forwarded them to the FBI. The FBI was able to identify Frazier's IP address.

This is the second known arrest this month of someone making threats against Boehner. Brandon J. Thompson of New Castle, Ind., was arrested May 8 and charged with threatening the speaker over Congress' failure to extend unemployment insurance.

Boehner's office had no comment.


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