Nessel charges two men for threatening lawmakers, judge about election

    Elissa Slotkin being sworn in by Debbie Stabenow, Jan. 13, 2019, Lansing | Andrew Roth

    Attorney General Dana Nessel is charging two men for reportedly threatening U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing), U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) and Michigan Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens around the time of the Nov. 3 general election. 

    “It is unacceptable and illegal to intimidate or threaten public officials,” Nessel said in a statement Tuesday. “To those who think they can do so by hiding behind a keyboard or phone, we will find you and we will prosecute you, to the fullest extent of the law. No elected official should have to choose between doing their job and staying safe.” 

    Daniel Thompson, 62, formerly of Gregory and now living in Harrison, allegedly left threatening messages for Stabenow on Jan. 5 and made vulgar and threatening remarks in a phone conversation with a member of Slotkin’s office on Jan. 19 and made another threatening call to Slotkin on April 30, 2020.

    Thompson, who identified himself as a Republican, stated in the message to Stabenow that he was angry about the results of the general election, that he joined a Michigan militia and that there would be violence if the election results were not changed. Additionally, Thompson echoed these threats in an email to Stabenow’s office.

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    Thompson also spoke with a member from Slotkin’s office where he claimed people will die and used violent references, while noting the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

    Thompson is charged with three counts of malicious use of service provided by a telecommunications service provider, a six-month misdemeanor and/or a $1,000 fine. 

    Clinton Stewart, 43, of Douglas, Georgia, left a threatening voicemail message for Michigan Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens on Sept. 18 in which he accused “activist judges” of making rulings that favored Democrat Joe Biden to win the election through mail-in ballots. 

    Stewart is charged with one count of malicious use of service provided by a telecommunications service provider, a six-month misdemeanor and/or a $1,000 fine. 

    Arraignments of both defendants remain pending and no additional court dates have been scheduled. 

    Allison Donahue
    Allison R. Donahue covers education, women's issues and LGBTQ issues. Previously, she was a suburbs reporter at the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minn., covering local education and government. As a graduate of Grand Valley State University, she has previous experience as a freelance researcher for USA Today and an intern with WOOD TV-8. When she is away from her desk, she spends her time going to concerts, comedy shows or getting lost on hikes in different places around the world.