Eugene Huelsman, a 58-year-old man who sent death threats to Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz, was arrested last week, according to court documents.
The California man made a threatening phone call that allegedly included profanities and suggestions of violence against his family and children. The phone call to the Republican representative occurred back in January, according to court records, days after the U.S. Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6.
Huelsman allegedly referred to Gaetz as “M.G.” in the call, but indictments later revealed that it was indeed an intended message for Matt Gaetz. Gaetz also later confirmed to Politico that he was the target of the death threat.
“Tell [M.G.] to watch his back, tell him to watch his children,” Eugene Huelsman reportedly said in his death threat phone call. “I’m coming for him, he’s gonna f**king die … I’m gonna f**king kill him.”
“Watch your back, I’m coming for you,” Huelsman continued. “I’m gonna put a bullet in you and I’m gonna put a bullet in one of your f**king kids too.”
At the time, Gaetz was a prominent ally of former President Donald Trump, and aided in spreading misinformation about voter fraud in the 2020 Presidential race. He is also a well-known ally of congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Georgia representative who promotes QAnon conspiracy theories and refuses to wear a mask on the House floor.
Two months later, after the death threat call, attention to Gaetz also revealed a scandal involving his alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl. The Republican congressman has denied all claims against him. There was also a bizarre scheme involving Florida developer Stephen Alford attempting to extort $25 million out of Matt Gaetz’ father, to which he plead guilty.
It is unknown what prompted Eugene Huelsman to make the call, or if he had any plans to follow through with the death threats he made.
Just last Wednesday, Gaetz took the house floor to demand the Justice Department be more aggressive in their investigation of death threats, now believing that his comments jolted authorities into speeding up the arrest.
“I think someone may be trying to kill me and if they are successful I would like my constituents and my family to know who stopped their arrest,” he said last Wednesday.
Yesterday, he claimed that the recent unsealed indictment revealing Eugene Huelsman name happened because of his criticism.
“If they took our security seriously, they would arrest all of the people who violate federal law and the threats to kill us, not just some of them,” he said. “I think that the Department of Justice is biased against Republicans.”
Eugene Huelsman, a resident of Thousand Oaks, Ca., was a camera operator who worked for Late Night with Conan O’Brien, according to Politico. He won five Emmy awards for his work on the show, and has done gigs for ABC and Fox as well.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco assured the public that the Justice Department still takes death threats against politicians very seriously.
“I think the attorney general’s been quite clear that the job of the Department of Justice, working with state and local law enforcement, is to prevent violence,” she said, “whether it’s in school boards, whether it’s hate crimes, whether it’s against election workers, whether it’s threats against judges or members of Congress.”
“Our focus,” the Deputy Attorney General stressed, “is on preventing violence or threats of violence.”
Eugene Huelsman was indicted in a federal court in Florida in May, and will appear before the court again this Friday, ABC News revealed. He was released by a federal judge on a $20,000 bond.