A Michigan man has been charged with threatening to kill President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, authorities said Tuesday.
Joshua Docter, 21, of Holland, was charged Monday in Ottawa County with one count of threat of terrorism and one count of using a computer to commit a crime, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said.
Docter, who surrendered to authorities Tuesday, was charged following an investigation by the FBI into comments authorities say he made in January on a social media platform called iFunny, Nessel said.
In the posts, Docter stated his intentions to fatally shoot the trio of elected officials and that their deaths would “be the catalyst” for a new American revolution, Nessel said.
Docter also allegedly had information on how to make a bomb, as well as locations on his cellphone where he could find the needed materials.
“Threatening elected officials is against the law and my office will prosecute those who attempt to intimidate or terrorize our state and federal leaders,” Nessel said in a statement announcing the charges.
Docter, who was arraigned Tuesday, was ordered to appear for a probable cause conference on April 8 and a preliminary exam one week later, Nessel said.