Man charged with threatening to kill Dr. Fauci

Dr. Anthony Fauci
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A Maryland man has been arrested and charged in federal court with sending emails that threatened to harm and kill Dr. Anthony Fauci.

A criminal complaint filed Monday charges Thomas Patrick Connally Jr., 56, with threats against a federal official and interstate communication containing a threat to harm.

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Investigators allege that from December 28, 2020 to July 21, 2021, Connally used an account from an encrypted email services based in Switzerland, to send a series of emails to Dr. Fauci, threatening to harm and kill him and members of his family.

One of the emails threatened that Dr. Fauci and his family would be "dragged into the street, beaten to death, and set on fire." On April 24 alone, seven threatening emails were sent from the encrypted account between 10:05 p.m. and 10:12 p.m.

As detailed in the complaint, also on April 24 -- just 30 minutes before the seven emails were sent to Dr. Fauci -- Dr. Francis Collins, the Director of the National Institutes of Health, received a total of four threatening emails from the same encrypted email address associated with Connally.