Sen. Grassley confirmed he received death threats for his support of Kavanaugh

Sen. Grassley revealed Oct. 24 that he was one of two senators who received threatening voicemails over his support of Brett Kavanaugh.



Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley arrives at the committee’s hearing where Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford will testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 27, 2018. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Julia DiGiacomo, Politics Reporter

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, announced to an Iowa crowd Wednesday that he was the target of death threats over the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Grassley confirmed that he was one of two previously unidentified senators, known as “Senator-1” and “Senator-2” who allegedly received multiple voicemails threatening to kill and assault them.

“My staff told me, ‘you are not supposed to ever say that you had your life threatened. You are just Sen. No. 1, as far as the court documents are concerned,”’ Grassley said in his announcement Wednesday, according to the Des Moines Register.

On Friday, Oct. 19., the U.S. Justice Department revealed they charged 74-year-old Ronald DeRisi of New York for the threatening phone calls.

The senators were allegedly targeted with the threats of murder for supporting Kavanaugh, according to a statement released Oct. 19 from the U.S. Department of Justice.

The second threatened senator has not been publicly identified at this time.

Separately, the U.S. Secret Service also intercepted packages with homemade pipe bombs from the offices of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, CNN, and more today. Although Iowa leaders were not affected, many released statements condemning the actions.

In a tweet Wednesday morning regarding today’s bomb threats against other leaders, Grassley said he hopes “this terrorist is caught & punished to full extent of the law.” He condemned political violence as never acceptable, especially in a free and democratic country.

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, also deemed the threats unacceptable.

“I strongly condemn acts of violence. There is no place in our society for attacks against elected officials, news organizations or citizens,” Ernst said in a prepared statement released Wednesday. “I am thankful for the swift action of the Secret Service, Postal Service and first responders across the country, and stand ready to support law enforcement as we learn more about these acts of violence.”