South Florida Man Accused of Threatening Democrats

A South Florida man is facing federal charges after authorities say he left threatening voicemails for three Democratic politicians.

John Kless, of Tamarac, was arrested Friday on charges of making threatening communications after he made the voicemail threats to California Congressman Eric Swalwell, Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.

Kless, 49, made his first appearance in federal court Friday morning. Attorney information wasn’t available.

According to a criminal complaint, Kless made the calls to the politicians’ Washington, D.C. offices on Tuesday morning. The complaint said Kless also was investigated in February for leaving profane and harassing voicemails for California Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.

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