- Robert Vargo was arrested for threatening the chairman of the committee investigating the attack on the United States Capitol.
- Vargo also threatened to kill US President Joe Biden.
- Vargo escaped from prison in Pennsylvania.
A US grand jury has indicted an imprisoned Pennsylvania man for threatening the death of the chairman of the congressional committee investigating the January 2021 attack on the Capitol, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Robert Vargo, 25, of Berwick, Pennsylvania, also threatened to kill the family of committee chairman and US President Joe Biden, prosecutors said.
He was charged with threatening the president of the United States, threatening interstate communications and influencing a federal official by threat, the US Attorney’s office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania said in a statement.
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Reuters was unable to immediately identify the lawyer representing Vargo to request comment in defense.
Vargo, who once escaped the Pennsylvania prison where he is being held, could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted on the federal charges.
Prosecutors allege that Vargo sent a threatening letter and white powder to the congressional office of U.S. Representative Bennie Thompson, chair of the committee investigating the January 6, 2021 Capitol attack.
The letter, which referred to the congressional investigation and anthrax, also threatened U.S. District Court Judge Robert Mariani, according to prosecutors.
“I’m going to kill you! I’ll make you feel the rest of our pain and suffering,” the letter to Thompson read. “There’s nowhere or no one to keep you away from me. I’m going to kill you and those you love.”
The letter also says, “You and Joe Biden will soon face death for the injustice you have done to the US.”
U.S. Capitol Police investigating the threat found the white powder to be harmless.
Vargo sent the letter from the Lucerne correctional facility, prosecutors said.
Vargo had escaped from Pennsylvania prison in July and was caught a few days later in South Carolina, according to media reports citing Luzerne County District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce.