A 25-year-old Michigan man is accused of creating a number of threatening telephone calls to CNN in early January, calling the information community “fake news” and saying that he was “coming to gun you all down,” the FBI says.
Brandon Griesemer, of Novi, Michigan, was arrested January 19 on a federal threatening cost, in accordance to courtroom paperwork filed within the Japanese District of Michigan.
Griesemer was charged with making a menace via interstate and overseas communication, which carries a possible five-year jail sentence if convicted. The FBI and the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace haven’t commented concerning the case.
Right here’s what you want to know:
1. Griesemer Informed an Operator ‘Fake News. I’m Coming to Gun You All Down. F*ck You, F*ckin N*ggers,’ Throughout Certainly one of 22 Calls to CNN Over a 2-Day Interval, the FBI Says
Brandon Ray Griesemer is accused of creating the calls to CNN’s Atlanta workplace on January 9 and January 10, in accordance to courtroom paperwork. Griesemer made 22 calls to the information community throughout that two-day interval, together with 4 that contained specific threats, the FBI stated.
The primary name was made to the publicly obtainable CNN landline quantity at three:06 p.m. on January 9. The male caller, later recognized as Griesemer, informed an operator, “Fake news. I’m coming to gun you all down. F*ck you, f*ckin n*ggers.” The caller then hung up.
About three minutes later, CNN acquired a second name from the identical male caller, who “began making disparaging comments regarding CNN and instructing the operator that CNN employees should kill themselves,” FBI Particular Agent Sean Callaghan wrote within the affidavit in help of the legal grievance. “The caller then said, ‘I am on my way right now to gun the f*ckin’ CNN cast down. F*ck you.’ The operator then asked the man for his name. The caller responded, ‘F*ck you. I am coming to kill you.’ The caller then hung up.”
One other name was made about 30 minutes later, Callaghan stated. Throughout that caller, Griesemer is accused of claiming, “I’m coming for you CNN. I’m smarter than you. More powerful than you. I have more guns than you. More manpower. Your cast is about to get gunned down in a matter of hours.”
A CNN investigators tracked the caller’s quantity to Griesmer’s father in Michigan. The investigator stated he discovered a second quantity related to a wi-fi account and referred to as it, asking to converse to the daddy. Callaghan stated “A man answered the call, stated that (Griesemer’s father) was not home, and identified himself as ‘Brandon.’”
Callaghan stated the investigator recorded the decision and in contrast it to recorded audio of the threatening calls, and “confirmed that the voices sounded like the same individual.”
One other name was made on January 10, the day after the CNN investigator spoke to Griesemer.
“When the operator responded to the call, the same male voice from the prior call began making disparaging remarks regarding Jewish individuals,” Callaghan wrote within the affidavit. “He stated, ‘You are going down. I have a gun and I am coming to Georgia right now to go to the CNN headquarters to f*cking gun every single last one of you. I have a team of people. It’s going to be great man … You gotta get prepared for this one, buddy.’ The caller then hung up.”
The FBI stated the quantity used to make the threatening calls accessed a cell tower close to Griesemer’s handle in Novi, Michigan, the place he lives together with his mother and father, on January 9.
2. He Is Additionally Accused of Calling the Islamic Middle of Ann Arbor & Making Derogatory Feedback Concerning the Mosque & Muslims
Brandon Griesemer additionally made an anti-Muslim telephone name to the Islamic Middle of Ann Arbor on September 19, 2017, about 9:49 a.m., in accordance to courtroom paperwork. Throughout that decision, produced from the identical cellphone quantity that the FBI says was used to make the CNN threats, Griesemer “made derogatory comments relating to the mosque and Muslims.”
Additional particulars of that decision weren’t instantly out there.
In accordance to courtroom paperwork, the Ann Arbor Police made contact with Griesemer’s mom on September 21 on the house the place he lives together with her. He was not residence on the time.
“Griesemer’s mother told officers that Griesemer had told her that he had previously called the mosque,” FBI Particular Agent Sean Callaghan wrote in courtroom paperwork. “Officers informed Griesemer’s mother that they would like to talk to Griesemer and that he should call them.”
Griesemer did name police that very same day. He informed officers, “he had called the mosque on September 19, and that he was angry at the time of the call.”
three. President Trump Has Often Referred to as CNN ‘Fake News’ & Has Retweeted a Violent GIF & Photograph Referencing the Information Community
A motive for the calls was not offered by the FBI. Whereas it isn’t clear if Griesemer is a Trump supporter, President Donald Trump and members of his administration have steadily referred to CNN as “fake news.”
On December 9, 2017, Trump tweeted, “CNN’S slogan is CNN, THE MOST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS. Everyone knows this is not true, that this could, in fact, be a fraud on the American Public. There are many outlets that are far more trusted than Fake News CNN. Their slogan should be CNN, THE LEAST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS!”
On July 1, 2017, he tweeted, “I am thinking about changing the name #FakeNews CNN to #FraudNewsCNN! … I am extremely pleased to see that @CNN has finally been exposed as #FakeNews and garbage journalism. It’s about time!”
Trump has additionally retweeted violent pictures and a GIF directed at CNN. One retweeted picture exhibits a practice operating over an individual with the CNN emblem over him.
Trump additionally tweeted GIF displaying him bodyslamming and punching a person throughout a wrestling match. The opposite man’s face is roofed with a CNN emblem.
And on Christmas Eve, Trump retweeted a picture of him in a limo with a blood-splatter on the underside of his shoe with the CNN emblem on it.
Trump and his administration haven’t commented concerning the arrest for threats made towards CNN. At a press briefing in June 2017, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated, “The President in no way form or fashion has ever promoted or encouraged violence. If anything, quite the contrary.”
four. CNN Says the Community Takes All Threats ‘Extremely Seriously,’ Whereas Trump’s Opponents Have Put the Blame for the Menace on Trump & His Supporters
CNN issued a press release on Monday after information of Griesemer’s arrest, saying, “We take any threats to CNN employees or workplaces, around the world, extremely seriously. This one is no exception. We have been in touch with local and federal law enforcement throughout, and have taken all necessary measures to ensure the safety of our people.”
President Trump’s opponents have been fast to put the blame on Trump and his supporters.
“This is why Trump’s words and tweets, and his memes showing violence against the press, matter,” Ana Navarro, a Republican strategist who has been outspoken towards Trump as a CNN contribitor, tweeted.
Crooked Media co-founder and former Obama staffer Tommy Vietor stated on Twitter, “Trump’s constant attacks on the press are dangerous.”
John Aravosis, a digital strategist and host of the UnPresidented Podcast, tweeted, “CNN receives a terrorist threat thanks to @realDonaldTrump childish immaturity. Barack Obama never created any domestic terrorists.”
Dean Obeidallah, a radio host and Every day Beast columnist, wrote on Twitter, “Trump radicalizes a terrorist.”
CNN nationwide correspondent Ed Lavandera tweeted, “I’m wondering if throwing round “fake news” as a punchline impressed this in any means?”
5. Griesemer Was Launched on $10,000 Unsecured Bail After a January 19 Courtroom Look
Brandon Griesemer was launched on $10,000 unsecured bail after a January 19 look within the Japanese District of Michigan federal courtroom. You can learn the felony grievance filed within the case above. He made the looks earlier than Justice of the Peace Decide Anthony P. Patti on the identical day of his arrest.
His lawyer, federal public defender Rhonda Brazile, couldn’t be reached for remark. Calls to Griesemer’s house and one other quantity listed for him in public data weren’t answered.