Georgia Man Charged in Connection with Threats to U.S. Senator Tim Scott
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Authorities say a Georgia man charged with threatening to kill U.S. Sen. Tim Scott from South Carolina has a history of threats against other members of congress and news organizations.
A sworn statement by a FBI agent says Jason Kenneth Bell of Cochran, Georgia, called Scott’s office on Oct. 23, saying “I am going to kill that “m— f—” because the black senator said white neo-Nazi groups were causing problems in America.
Agent Amanda Risner says Bell has called a number of other Congress members with similar complaints and threats. The Capitol Police talked to the 40-year-old Bell, who said he was just trying to have a conversation.
Risner says Bell also faces charges in Georgia for threatening calls to CNN.
Bell’s lawyer didn’t return an email. His phone numbers went unanswered Wednesday.