An Arizona sex offender indicted late last year for threatening to kill Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) told police he was likely reacting to a Fox News segment when he left the threatening voicemail, according to newly filed court documents.
Jan Peter Meister, a registered sex offender with a lengthy rap sheet, was indicted on Oct. 23, 2019, for leaving the alcohol-fueled voicemail with Schiff’s Washington, D.C. office.
“Yeah, go f— your mother, you son of a b—- cause I’m gonna f—ing blow your brains out you f—ing piece of s— mother, f—–, you’re a f—-ing piece of s—,” Meister says on the recording, according to court documents.
After a search of Meister’s residence, prosecutors also charged him with illegal possession of firearms, including a loaded .380 caliber handgun, a 9mm handgun and an American Tactical Rifle, along with 700 rounds of ammunition, reports Politico.
According to a motion filed late last week by Meister’s attorneys, the 52-year-old apologized during a police interview for making the call and said that he may have been reacting to commentary on Fox News.
“Meister responded that he watches Fox News and likely was upset at something that he saw on the news. He stated that he strongly dislikes the Democrats, and feels they are to blame for the country’s political issues,” according to the police summary of the interview. “Meister stated that he likely Goggled [sic] the congressman’s office number to make the call.”
Thanks @nickmartin who highlighted in his news letter a federal case in Arizona. A registered sex offender was indicted last year after threatening to kill @RepAdamSchiff. What prompted this? He said he got angry after seeing something on @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/4S4X2WN6bJ
— Adam Goldman (@adamgoldmanNYT) February 4, 2020
Meister, who has felony convictions for aggravated drunken driving and second-degree rape, allegedly cursed at federal agents when they arrived at his residence to serve a warrant on Oct. 25. Unsolicited, he yelled, “F— Adam Schiff.”
Additionally, one of the agents who arrested Meister “noted a strong odor of alcohol emanating” from Meister, according to a Justice Department filing.
Federal authorities pressed for Meister’s pretrial detention, noting that he faces a five-year sentence for threatening Schiff and a 10-year sentence for the gun charge. They said he should be considered a flight risk because of his minimal ties to the community. Prosecutors noted that Meister’s record includes convictions for a 1989 rape as well as another sex offense, a DUI and assault in 2000, and disorderly conduct in 2001.