Missouri man faces federal indictment for allegedly threatening to murder Emanuel Cleaver

By: - March 3, 2021 2:48 pm

U.S. House Representative Emanuel Cleaver introduces Joe Biden at a campaign rally at the National World War I Museum and Memorial on March 7, 2020 in Kansas City. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)

A federal grand jury has indicted a man from southwest Missouri for threatening to murder two members of the U.S. House, including Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Kansas City.

The three-count indictment of Kenneth Hubert, 63, of Marionville, was announced Wednesday afternoon by the United States Attorneys Office of the Western District.

Hubert is alleged to have threatened to assault and murder Cleaver, “with the intent to impede, intimidate, and interfere with Cleaver while he was engaged in the performance of his official duties, and retaliate against Cleaver on account of the performance of his official duties,” according to the press release announcing the charges.

The alleged threat came Jan. 7, a day after a violent mob stormed the U.S. Capitol to interfere with the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory.

In May 2019, Hubert is also alleged to have made similar threats to U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee.

The case was investigated by the FBI, the U.S. Capitol Police, the Independence Police Department and the Marionville-Aurora Police Department.

Hubert remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing on Monday.

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Jason Hancock
Jason Hancock

Jason Hancock has been writing about Missouri since 2011, most recently as lead political reporter for The Kansas City Star. He has spent nearly two decades covering politics and policy for news organizations across the Midwest, and has a track record of exposing government wrongdoing and holding elected officials accountable.