House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., was seriously injured in an assassination attempt in the year 2017.
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The police arrested the accused a Western man in New York to leave threatening voicemail messages for two high-ranking Republican members of Congress-including house majority whip Steve Scalise.
Carlos Bayon, 63, with a Federal charge of threats across state lines. Sources tell Fox News his messages to Scalise, R-La., and Republican presenter Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash.
U.S. attorney General James Kennedy described the threats as “credible” and added that “very worrying” items were found in Bayon’s home in North Buffalo.
According to prosecutors, the messages, the Links of the Bayon at 30. June said: “Hey listen, this message is for you and the people who sent them there. They are among us, and we are among them. At any time, anywhere. We know where they are. We are not going to feed you sandwiches, we are going to lead you to feed. Make no mistake, you have to pay. Ojo por ojo, served served por [“an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” in Spanish]. This is our right and we are the majority. Have a good day.”
Kennedy said authorities believed that the message was in reference to the ongoing controversy over the separation of the children of immigrants of their parents on the US-Mexican border.
Scalise and McMorris are the third and fourth highest-ranking Republican in the house, behind peace spokesman Paul Ryan, R stand-Wis., and majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.
Scalise has been under practice injured five people in June 2017, when an armed man attacked, a Republican, baseball. The doctors said Scalise was close to death, after he had suffered shattered bones and damaged internal organs. He was in the hospital for more than a month and now relies largely on crutches and an electric-to move scooter in the Capitol.
“Whip Scalise’s grateful that the enforcement of the laws for their actions,” spokeswoman Lauren Fine said in a statement. “He will never forget your heroism saved his life and that of his colleagues in the past year. Like he said, there is absolutely no place in our political discourse for violent threats.”
Bayon has requested a lawyer and a detention hearing on Friday. He faces up to five years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both, if convicted.
Fox News’ Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report.