California Man Indicted for Threatening Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis Amid Trump Case

California Man Indicted for Threatening Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis Amid Trump Case
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A fed­er­al grand jury in Atlanta has indict­ed Mark Schultz, a 66-year-old Cal­i­for­nia man, for threat­en­ing Ful­ton Coun­ty Dis­trict Attor­ney Fani Willis. The U.S.

Attor­ney’s Office for the North­ern Dis­trict of Geor­gia made the announce­ment on Fri­day, as Willis leads one of the most high-pro­file inves­ti­ga­tions involv­ing for­mer Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and his associates.

The Alleged Threats and Charges

Court doc­u­ments reveal that Schultz repeat­ed­ly post­ed com­ments on YouTube livestream videos in Octo­ber, threat­en­ing Willis with vio­lence, includ­ing one instance where he said she, “will be killed like a dog.” Oth­er threats men­tioned in the indict­ment include, “FANI WILLIS WILL BE DEAD IN 2024,” accom­pa­nied by racial slurs.

Schultz, a res­i­dent of Chu­la Vista, made his first court appear­ance in Cal­i­for­nia on Fri­day. He was indict­ed on April 24 and is sched­uled to be arraigned in Atlanta in June, accord­ing to the Depart­ment of Justice.

The Impact of Threats Against Government Officials

Keri Far­ley, the spe­cial agent in charge of the FBI’s Atlanta field office, stressed the grav­i­ty of threat­en­ing pub­lic offi­cials, stat­ing that such actions “threat­en the very fab­ric of our democracy.”

Fani Willis’ Response and Recent Controversies

In response to the indict­ment, Willis released a state­ment, express­ing grat­i­tude to U.S. Attor­ney Ryan Buchanan, his staff, and the FBI for ensur­ing the safe­ty of her­self, her staff, and their fam­i­lies. Her state­ment also addressed recent scruti­ny over her roman­tic rela­tion­ship with Nathan Wade, a spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor appoint­ed to work on the Trump case.

Willis has faced alle­ga­tions of finan­cial impro­pri­ety and con­flicts of inter­est due to her rela­tion­ship with Wade. While a Ful­ton Coun­ty Supe­ri­or Court Judge ruled in March that Willis could con­tin­ue pros­e­cut­ing the Trump case, she and Wade were barred from work­ing on the case togeth­er. Wade resigned from the case short­ly after the judge’s decision.

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