A militia organizer, self-described “Oath-Keeper” and former Marine is being investigated by Capitol Police for a far-fetched threat to arrest President Obama and lawmakers responsible for the Iran nuclear agreement.
Jon Ritzheimer, 31, an Arizona resident who previously went into hiding after he announced a “Draw Muhammad” event he organized in May, said on his Facebook page that his group would start by arresting Michigan Democrat Sen. Debbie Stabenow for treason, Roll Call reported.
“We are planning on arresting Senator Debbie Stabenow, who voted yes to the Iran Nuke Deal. She will be arrested for treason under Article 3 Section 3 of the Constitution,” he wrote on the post, which has since been deleted. “We have chosen her as our first target due to our strong ties with the Michigan State Militia and their lax gun laws that will allow us to operate in a manner necessary for an operation like this.”
Ritzheimer said his group wouldn’t stop with Stabenow either, stating it would “continue to move across the country and arrest everyone involved with the Iran Nuke Deal,” including President Obama himself.
He said his group is cooperating with authorities to “keep this as smooth as possible so we don’t have another ‘Shot Heard Round The World’ situation,” referring to the start of the Revolutionary War.
An aide for Stabenow told Roll Call the senator’s office is aware of the threat but, as is office policy, could not comment on security issues. However, a Capitol Police spokeswoman did address it in an email.
“The US Capitol Police are aware and are working with local law enforcement in Michigan on the matter,” Capt. Kimberly Schneider wrote.
On Tuesday Ritzheimer posted a 19-minute rant on YouTube explaining his idea and airing his various complaints.
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