NY man charged with threatening to kill Rep. Ilhan Omar

Federal prosecutors say the threat happened during a call to Omar's office last month.
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A man from upstate New York is facing 10 years in federal prison over a death threat that was made to the offices of Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar last month.

Patrick W. Carlineo, Jr., 55, was charged Friday with threatening to assault and murder a United States official, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney in the Western District of New York.

The release says he made a call to Omar's Washington, D.C., offices on March 21, asking a staff member, “Do you work for the Muslim Brotherhood?" and calling Omar a "(expletive) terrorist" before saying, "I’ll put a bullet in her (expletive) skull.” 

The call was reported to the United States Capitol Police, eventually leading to Carlineo's arrest.

According to CBS News, Carlineo initially denied having made the call, but eventually told FBI investigators that "if our forefathers were still alive, they'd put a bullet in her head."

The charges against him say he also told the FBI that he's a "patriot" who "loves the president" and "hates radical Muslims in our government," the Associated Press reports.  

Omar, a Democrat who represents Minnesota's 5th District, is one of the first two Muslim women to be elected to Congress (the other being Rashida Tlaib of Michigan), and its first Somali-American member. 

She has been in the headlines recently over some remarks that were perceived as anti-semitic. 

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