According to the U.S. Justice Department, James Clark, a 38-year-old man from Falmouth, Massachusetts, has pleaded guilty to sending threats to Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs, who was the secretary of state at the time. Clark pleaded guilty to one count of sending a communication containing a bomb threat to an official. The FBI arrested Clark last year for online threats he made in February 2021.
Prosecutors stated that Clark sent a threatening message to Hobbs through an online form maintained by the Secretary of State’s election department. The message warned Hobbs to resign by a specific date and time, threatening the detonation of an explosive device in her personal space if she failed to comply. Clark was also accused of conducting internet searches related to Hobbs, including phrases like “how to kill” and “address.”
This threat against Hobbs is one of many she received for her role in certifying the 2020 presidential election, which former President Donald Trump baselessly claimed was stolen. The winner in Arizona was declared to be a Democrat.
Clark is scheduled to be sentenced on October 26 and could face up to five years in prison. The U.S. Justice Department considers this case part of its efforts to address election threats. In a statement, Attorney General Merrick Garland emphasized that election officials and workers should not fear carrying out their duties.