Feds charge woman who threatened to kill the judge in Mar-a-Lago records case, alleging she claimed to be 'Trump's hitman'

Feds charge woman who threatened to kill the judge in Mar-a-Lago records case, alleging she claimed to be 'Trump's hitman'
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  • A Texas woman was charged for threatening US Judge Aileen Cannon.

  • Cannon, a Trump-nominated federal judge, is presiding over the Mar-a-Lago classified document case.

  • Cannon recently granted Trump's request for there to be an independent review of the records the FBI seized.

The Justice Department pressed charges against a Texas woman accused of issuing death threats against a federal judge who is presiding over the independent review of the government documents the FBI seized at former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, some of which contained the highest classification markings.

Federal authorities said earlier this month that Tiffani Shea Gish left three threatening voicemails for Florida Judge Aileen Cannon. In one voicemail, she said to the judge, "I'm also Trump's hitman, so consider it a bullet to your head from Donald Trump himself."

In another voicemail, she said, "you're full of shit, and I'm going to fucking have you shot myself, I've already ordered snipers and a bomb to your fucking house."

In these voicemail messages, Gish referred to herself as "Evelyn Salt" and said she was in "charge of nuclear for the United States Government."

Federal authorities reported that after Cannon received these voicemail messages, she forwarded them to the US Marshals Service, which later contacted the US Secret Service about the matter, according to the complaint filed on September 6.

The DOJ is charging Gish with influencing a federal official by threat and interstate communications containing threats to injure an individual.

The charges against Gish come as Cannon, who was nominated by Trump, presides over a high-profile case on appointing a special master to independently review the governments documents the FBI seized at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort. Trump's attorneys and the Justice Department recently submitted their preferred nominees to review these records.

In August, federal authorities conducted a search at Trump's Florida residence and obtained 11 sets of classified records. The Justice Department said during the search they found 184 documents with classification markings in the boxes. Among these records, 25 were marked as top-secret, 92 were marked as secret, and 67 were marked as confidential, according to a redacted version of the affidavit.

The Justice Department did not respond to Insider's request for comment. Heather Michelle Hughes, an attorney representing Gish, also did not respond to a request for comment on Monday.

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