Man Arrested for Threatening To Kill GOP Senator at Fundraiser

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On the morning of July 7, 2017, the Omaha Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested a man who made threats against U.S. Senator Joni Ernst from the state of Iowa.

Robert William Simet, 64, was apprehended by the FBI for making threats to kill Senator Ernst at a charity motorcycle ride.

The Washington Times reported: [Simet told] employees at Loess Hills Harley-Davidson in Pacific Junction, Iowa, that “everybody in the government needs to be killed off” and specifically mentioning Mrs. Ernst.

“The unknown male went on to say that he knew Joni Ernst would be here Saturday and ‘I could kill her, they would kill me, it would not matter, I would win either way,’” said the affidavit filed Friday by FBI special agent Jonathan Robitaille.

“The safety of our elected officials is something that cannot be taken lightly,” FBI Omaha Special Agent in Charge Randall Thysse said. “We appreciate those people who reported this to the proper authorities and for the response from our partners at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa for their swift action on this matter.”

Simet is in custody and will be transported to Council Bluffs for an initial appearance in the Southern District of Iowa.