Proud Boys Support Pleads Guilty to Threatening Sen. Warnock

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U.S.|Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening to Kill Newly Elected U.S. Senator

Federal prosecutors said Eduard Florea of Queens posted menacing threats online against Raphael Warnock of Georgia and Congress earlier and during the storming of the U.S. Capitol connected Jan. 6.

Senator Raphael Warnock astatine  the U.S. Capitol successful  June.
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Aug. 16, 2021, 7:42 p.m. ET

A New York antheral who supported the far-right Proud Boys radical pleaded blameworthy connected Monday to threatening to termination Raphael Warnock, a recently elected Senator from Georgia, earlier and during the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol.

The man, Eduard Florea, 41, of Queens, pleaded blameworthy to posting convulsive threats against Mr. Warnock, who had conscionable won a runoff predetermination successful Georgia for the Senate and was aboriginal sworn successful connected Jan. 20. “Warnock is going to person a hard clip casting votes for communist policies erstwhile he’s swinging with the fish,” Mr. Florea posted online connected Jan. 5, utilizing an expletive earlier fish.

Mr. Florea besides pleaded blameworthy successful Federal District Court successful Brooklyn to a weapons discourtesy aft national agents discovered a immense arsenal successful his New York City location successful January, including much than 1,000 rounds of firearm ammunition that helium unlawfully possessed due to the fact that of a anterior felony conviction, prosecutors said successful a news release.

Mr. Florea, a bundle technologist whose apprehension successful January came amid an intensifying nationwide manhunt for those who broke into the U.S. Capitol, volition look up to 15 years successful situation erstwhile helium is sentenced connected Nov. 29, national prosecutors said. Mr. Florea is being held Metropolitan Detention Center successful Brooklyn.

“With today’s blameworthy plea, Florea admits to threatening the beingness of a palmy campaigner for the U.S. Senate and to urging others to instrumentality up arms to unleash unit astatine the Capitol,” Jacquelyn M. Kasulis, the acting U.S. lawyer for the Eastern District of New York, said successful a statement. “This bureau is profoundly committed to protecting our antiauthoritarian institutions and to utilizing each disposable tools to sphere the nationalist safety, uphold the regularisation of instrumentality and enactment the peaceful transportation of power.”

Mia Eisner-Grynberg, a lawyer for Mr. Florea, declined to remark connected Monday.

Mr. Warnock’s bureau did not instantly respond to a petition for comment.

The runoff election victory for Mr. Warnock, and that of Jon Ossoff, a chap Georgia Democrat, efficaciously cemented power of the U.S. Senate for Democrats, with Vice President Kamala Harris serving arsenic the tiebreaker successful the 50-50 chamber.

Mr. Florea posted his convulsive comments connected Parler, a societal networking app popular with conservatives, nether the name, “LoneWolfWar.” A time earlier a mob of President Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol, Mr. Florea, who was not successful Washington, posted connected Parler that everyone needed to “come to an agreement” and “go armed” to the Capitol truthful they “could instrumentality backmost Washington,” according to tribunal records.

Minutes later, Mr. Florea wrote that Jan. 6 could go “the time the warfare kicks off,” adding that helium was “definitely slicing a throat” successful Washington, according to tribunal records.

At 12:42 a.m. connected Jan. 6, Mr. Florea referenced Mr. Warnock online and said, “Dead men can’t pass” laws, according to tribunal records.

Later that day, aft the storming of the U.S. Capitol had begun, Mr. Florea posted that helium intended to spell to Washington with a radical of equipped individuals who would beryllium acceptable to prosecute successful much violence, national prosecutors said.

While the Capitol was nether siege, national prosecutors said, Mr. Florea posted: “It’s clip to unleash immoderate violence.”

Mr. Florea continued to station threatening comments that day, promising to beryllium “armed and acceptable to deploy” to the Capitol with “guns cleaned loaded,” according to tribunal records.

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