A 34-year-old man from Dekalb County, Georgia is facing federal charges after allegedly making threats to murder Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and her staff. The Department of Justice stated that Sean Patrick Cirillo made his initial appearance in federal court on Monday for transmitting interstate threats against Greene and her team.
U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan for the Northern District of Georgia condemned Cirillo’s alleged threats, stating that they aim to instill fear in public servants. Buchanan also warned that individuals who threaten or attempt to intimidate government officials will be swiftly charged and vigorously prosecuted.
During the court hearing, evidence was presented, accusing Cirillo of calling Greene’s office in Washington, D.C. twice on November 8 and making violent threats against her, her staff, and their families. Cirillo reportedly stated that he had a sniper rifle and planned to murder Greene by shooting her in the head.
Cirillo is further accused of continuing to make threats during the call, including threatening the FBI and mentioning payback. The FBI’s Atlanta field office is currently investigating the case, emphasizing that unlawful threats against elected officials are an assault on democracy. Special Agent in Charge Keri Farley vowed that the FBI will work with law enforcement partners to ensure justice in such cases.
Greene’s office has not yet responded to the allegations.