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White Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening Black Congressman

A Missouri man plead guilty on June 17, to threatening Rep. Emanuel Cleaver along with another member of the U.S. Congress. Kenneth Hubert was arrested earlier this year and charged with two counts of threatening a U.S. government official after he threatened Cleaver Missouri Rep, and Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen. Each charge has a maximum sentence of six years behind bars and a $250,000 fine.

The 63-year-old Marionville man reportedly used references to nooses, The Kansas City Star reported. In May 2019, Hubert called Cohen’s office says he had “a noose with the congressman’s name on it” and he planned to “put a noose around his neck and drag him behind his pickup truck,” in a signed plea agreement. Once the FBI contacted Hubert about the threat three days later, he told investigators he was offended by a comment Cohen made about then-president Donald Trump. However, it’s not clear to what comment Hubert was referring.

A day after the Jan. 6 insurrection, Hubert called Cleaver’s office and left a voicemail in which he said the congressman was “as dumb as a rock. How about a noose around his neck?” Hubert said he disliked the fact that Cleaver ended the opening prayer.

As investigators talked to Hubert about the threat against Cleaver, he told them he had previously been investigated by the Secret Service for saying President Barack Obama “needed to be hanged from a light post.”

In the plea agreement, Hubert admitted that the threats were made with the intent to retaliate against the two congressman.

“By entering into this plea agreement, the defendant admits that he knowingly committed these offenses, and is, in fact, guilty of these offenses,” the plea agreement said.

While Hubert has no convictions on his record, he has a history of making threats dating back to 2014, when he called a Montana federal judge after the state ruled that the ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

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