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Man's Alleged Threat Against Kushner: I'm Going to Execute Him

FBI says Chase Bliss Colasurdo was accumulating ammo and tried to purchase a weapon
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2019 9:10 AM CDT
White House adviser Jared Kushner listens during a proclamation signing with President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in Washington on March 25, 2019.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – A Washington state man was arrested by the FBI Wednesday and charged with making interstate threats, including against President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner. The Seattle Times and Washington Post report that 27-year-old Chase Bliss Colasurdo of Kent was detained six weeks after federal agents were first alerted on March 16 to threatening posts he apparently made online. On Feb. 27, a pic on Instagram from Colasurdo's account appeared to show him holding a handgun, along with the caption, "I made a death threat against [J.K] yesterday and have not been arrested yet." That threat he seemed to have been citing was found in a cyberstalking investigation of his Gmail by the Los Angeles Police Department, turning up a Feb. 26 email that read: "I'm going to personally execute [White House Senior Advisor JK] for his countless treasonous crimes."

That email was sent to five different media outlets. Another online post, on March 4, took aim at Donald Trump Jr., noting, "I would like to let the secret service know that I am going to Execute this [expletive]." His social media also contained anti-Semitic posts. Someone from the public contacted authorities after seeing one or more of the threats, and for six weeks the FBI says it kept tabs on Colasurdo. An affidavit notes that during that time, he started accumulating ammo, bulletproof attire, and a concealable gun holster; he also tried to get his hands on a semiautomatic pistol but was rejected because he'd been flagged in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. "When [federal agents] became aware of his attempts to purchase firearms, they quickly moved to arrest him," a spokeswoman for the US Attorney's Office in Seattle said. If convicted, Colasurdo could face up to five years in prison and three years of supervised release. (Read more Jared Kushner stories.)

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