A Florida man was busted for making a series of disturbing threats to kill Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) and his three young children just days before Christmas, according to the Justice Department.
Swalwell, 43, was not named in the criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday, but the lawmaker confirmed that he and his family were the targets of the violent threats.
“No threat is going to stop me from representing my constituents,” the California Democrat wrote on X. “MAGA Republicans have chosen violence over voting and this is what it looks like. But I’m not going away and neither should you.”
The suspect, identified by the DOJ in a statement as 72-year-old Michael Shapiro, from Greenacres, Florida, was accused of leaving five foul-mouthed voicemails for Swalwell at his congressional office in Washington DC on Dec. 19.
In one of the messages Shapiro is alleged to have made from his home, he was quoted as saying: “You mother-[expletive]. I’m gonna come after you and kill you [N-word],” according to the six-page federal complaint obtained by The Post.
In another voicemail, Shapiro allegedly said: “I’m gonna come and kill your children you mother-[expletive]. I’m gonna kill your children.”
Shapiro’s voicemail messages also made repeated references to since-debunked allegations linking Swalwell to suspected Chinese spy Christine Fang, also known as “Fang Fang.”
“Hey greaseball, you [expletive] a [expletive] Chinese spy. Fang Fang,” according to the transcript of one recording.
In May, the House Ethics Committee closed its two-year probe into Swalwell’s alleged ties to Fang without recommending any further action.
Fang, who came to the US as a college student more than a decade ago, reportedly helped raise funds for Swalwell’s 2014 re-election campaign and crossed paths with the congressman at several events over the years.
She has been accused of acting as a honeytrap to gather government intelligence from up-and-coming lawmakers.
Swalwell was contacted by the FBI about his glamorous campaign volunteer’s suspicious activities in 2015, prompting him to cut off all contact with Fang.
Swalwell was never charged with any wrongdoing in the espionage case, but the scandal still cost him a seat on the House Intelligence Committee last year.
Swalwell and his wife, Brittany Watts, have been married since 2016 and have three children together, the youngest of whom — a boy named Hank — was born in 2021.
Shapiro made his initial court appearance Wednesday to face a charge of communicating threats and was released on bail.
This is not Shapiro’s first run-in with the law involving menacing voicemails.
In 2019, the Florida man pleaded guilty in federal court for making threatening communication to another victim, according to the complaint.