A St. Paul man has pleaded guilty to threatening to cause a U.S. representative in California “pain in every way possible,” the U.S. attorney’s office in Minnesota announced Wednesday.
Jason Robert Karimi, 32, pleaded guilty to one count of interstate communication of a threat against a U.S. representative, who wasn’t publicly identified in the case.
According to court documents, on Jan. 11, five days after the U.S. Capitol insurrection, Karimi left a voicemail on the representative’s phone threatening to make the lawmaker “as scared as possible, terrified.”
Karimi also alluded to recent vandalism to the lawmaker’s home and threatened to make it “so you can’t even walk in anything but a wheelchair.”
Days earlier, the San Francisco home of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had been vandalized.
When approached by FBI agents in St. Paul, Karimi said that he works as a lobbyist for the marijuana industry and his voicemail was meant to cause “political pain” to the lawmaker’s career, not to their “physical self.”
Karimi’s sentencing is pending.