Man Indicted for Threatening to Murder Trump DA Fani Willis

( – A California man who sent death threats to Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis last year was just indicted for transmitting interstate threats, which were provoked by Willis’ prosecution of the Republican frontrunner for the 2024 presidential election, former President Donald Trump.

On Friday, May 3rd, the Northern District of Georgia U.S. Attorney’s office announced charges against 66-year-old Marc Shultz from Chula Vista, California, for threatening to kill Willis last year in two YouTube livestreams. In October 2023, Schultz threatened to kill the district attorney “like a dog,” among other comments threatening violence or murder.

Prosecutors argue that Shultz’s remarks were motivated by the prosecution of Trump in Georgia for allegedly trying to overturn the state’s presidential election results in 2020. Willis is overseeing the prosecution of Trump, which the former president argues is part of a larger effort to keep him from returning to the White House by weaponizing the justice system against him. They also note the similarity between his “like a dog” remark and rhetoric used by Trump back when Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, an Islamic State leader, was killed in an airstrike in Syria, claiming the ISIS militant “died like a dog.”

Willis has faced a dramatic spike in threats since her office charged the former president last year alongside 18 co-defendants for allegedly taking part in a conspiracy to change Georgia’s presidential election results. Her office claims they violated racketeering laws in an effort to keep President Joe Biden from being declared the winner. Trump has also received gag orders from the presiding judge, Tanya Chutkan, restricting what he can say publicly about the case and the trial participants for fear of retaliation from Trump supporters.

Shultz was indicted on Wednesday, April 24th. On Thursday, May 2nd, he made his first court appearance in San Diego and is scheduled for arraignment in Atlanta, Georgia, in June.

US Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan said that threatening to kill public officials “is a criminal offense” and would “not be tolerated.” He said his office vows to continue working with the federal government, and state and local law enforcement, to make sure public officials are kept safe “while performing their duties.”

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