On Wednesday a man from western New York was arrested for making death threats against Rep. Adam Schiff and Sen. Chuck Schumer.
Fifty-seven-year-old Salvatore Lippa of Greece, New York has been charged with threatening to assault and murder a federal official.
The criminal complaint was filed on January 23. The complaint shows that Adam Schiff’s office received a threatening voicemail that included Salvatore making a death threat.
In the voicemail Lippa called the congressman “Schiff, Shifty Schiff,” a nickname repeatedly used by Donald Trump.
A couple of weeks later, on February 4, Lippa then contacted Schumer’s New York office and left a threatening voicemail that also included a death threat.
In the voicemail, Lippa paired Schumer with Nancy Pelosi, saying “Hey, Schumer, you and Nancy Pelosi are…” The complaint states.
Lippa was questioned by the U.S. Capitol Police and he admitted that he did make the threatening phone calls to both Schiff and Schumer. He said that when he made the calls, he was angry over the House’s impeachment proceedings.
“The rights secured in our Constitution carry with them certain responsibilities. When it comes to the First Amendment, that responsibility includes the obligation not to threaten to kill others,” U.S Attorney James Kennedy said in a statement.
Lippa will appear in Rochester federal court on Wednesday. He could serve up to 10 years in prison.