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Terrorism coming from ‘across the spectrum,’ FBI director tells Sen Rosen after antisemitic death threats

Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) asked Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and FBI Director Christopher Wray on how to combat anti-Semitic violence during a committee hearing Tuesday. We asked whether appropriate actions were being taken.

Rosen, who is Jewish, recently received a phone call from a man in Las Vegas who allegedly threatened to kidnap, assault and kill her in several voicemail messages.

In response, Wray said anti-Semitic attacks were a “threat that is reaching a kind of historic level” because “the Jewish community is very vulnerable to terrorists from all walks of the spectrum, domestic violent extremists, sect, foreign terrorist organizations, and both violent Sunnis and Shiites.” Extremist. ”

He said that because statistics from the American Jewish Committee show that Jews are the victims of 60% of religiously-based hate crimes in the United States, the agency is working to address this issue through the Joint Terrorism Task Force. He added that the local office is also aware of the issue through information sharing. It accounts for 2.4% of the population.

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From left: Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana); Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (New York) Israeli President Isaac Herzog. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-U.S. and Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) met earlier this month in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Senator Chuck Schumer/X)

Rosen said he was “under attack and threat” and “feeling what Jews all over the world feel.”

“I now have full confidence in the Department of Justice and law enforcement to work on this case,” she said. “But frankly, students across the country, from kindergarten through 12th grade to college campuses, are witnessing protests around the world. Jews feel attacked. .”

Rosen added, “Children should feel safe when they go to school, whether it’s daycare, elementary school, middle school, high school, or a college campus. They don’t want to be stuck in the library or scared to go to dinner. “Everyone should feel safe, even if they feel scared,” he added. You have to work on all of these things because you have to walk around the campus. ”

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Democratic Nevada Sen. Jacky Rosen

Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) leaves the Senate Democratic Luncheon in the Mansfield Room at the Capitol on March 15, 2023 in Washington, DC. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc, via Getty Images)

According to the criminal complaint, the Justice Department said in an Oct. 27 filing that 43-year-old John Anthony Miller visited the U.S. senator’s office on several occasions between Oct. 11 and Oct. 19. He said he left a threatening voicemail.

Fox News confirmed that a voicemail was left for Rosen.

According to the criminal complaint, Miller allegedly assaulted, kidnapped and even killed Rosen (who is not named in the complaint) on Oct. 17 with the intent to obstruct, intimidate and obstruct him from his duties as a senator. He allegedly threatened her.

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John Anthony Miller. (U.S. Department of Justice – Criminal Complaints)

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The voicemail contained profanity, according to the criminal complaint.

For example, Mr. Miller said in one of his voicemails: [expletive]the lie is inside you [expletive]you holding hands [expletive]are doing [expletive]and I’m going [expletive]See you again, dear [expletive]Sold out [expletive]are doing [expletive] [expletive]. ”

Miller was arrested Thursday and now faces one count of threatening a federal officer.

“Threats against public officials should be taken seriously,” a spokesperson for Rosen said. “Senator Rosen has confidence in the United States Attorney’s Office and federal law enforcement to handle this matter.”

Fox News’ Greg Wehner, David Spunt and Jake Gibson contributed to this report.

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