A registered sex offender based in Tucson reportedly told investigators that he was probably drunk and watching Fox News when he left a threatening voicemail on Adam Schiff’s office phone in Washington, D.C.
Fifty-two-year-old Jan Peter Meister was arrested in October for leaving a message reportedly advising the Los Angeles Congressman:
“Yeah, go fuck your mother, you son of a bitch cause I’m gonna fucking blow your brains out you fucking piece of shit motherfucker. You’re a fucking piece of shit […] Yeah come and get me. I guarantee I’ll fuck your brains out.”
Federal agents reported that Meister smelled of alcohol and said “fuck Adam Schiff” when they came to arrest him. They also found an American Tactical rifle, a .380-caliber handgun, a 9-mm handgun, and an old-timey muzzleloader rifle—plus roughly 700 rounds of ammunition.
When the agents played the message for Meister, he said he didn’t remember making the call, but that it sounded like him, and that he was probably angry after seeing a segment about Schiff—the lead House Manager in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump—on Fox News.
In an interview last year, Schiff told Los Angeles he’d received a threatening phone call in which someone said, he paraphrased, “‘I’m going to put three bullets in the back of your head, and this is the gun I’m going to use.'” (It’s unclear whether he was referring to the Meister phone call.) Also, in October, a Major League Baseball umpire tweeted that he would “be buying an AR-15 tomorrow,” and there would be “another cival (sic) war” if Trump was impeached.
Meister is facing five years in prison for threatening Schiff and ten years for illegal firearms possession.
No stranger to prison, Meister served time in Maryland on 1989 convictions of second degree rape, “Sexual Offense/Fourth Degree,” and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. His other convictions include a DUI and an assault in 2000, and disorderly conduct in 2001, court papers show.
He’s pleaded not guilty to the charges associated with the Schiff call.
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