(CNSNews.com) – White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Wednesday condemned a California man’s plot to kill Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh after the man was arrested near Kavanaugh’s home in Maryland.
When asked about the arrest during a gaggle on board Air Force One en route to Los Angeles, Calif., Jean-Pierre said that the president “has consistently made clear” that public officials, including judges, “must be able to do their jobs without concern for their personal safety or that of their families.”
She also said that they have been “forceful from the podium” on the issue “many times.”
According to The Washington Post, the man was arrested by Montgomery County Police Wednesday morning armed with “a Glock 17 with two magazines and ammunition, pepper spray, a tactical knife, a hammer, a screwdriver, a crow bar, zip ties and duct tape, along with other gear.”
“The president condemns the acts of this individual in the strongest terms and is grateful to law enforcement for quickly taking him into custody,” the press secretary said.
“As the president has consistently made clear, public officials, including judges, must be able to do their jobs without concern for their personal safety or that of their families, and any violence threats – threats of violence and attempts to intimidate justices have no place in our society. He has said that himself, and we have been forceful from the podium many times,” she said.
“Attorney General Garland has also blasted any threats to the justices, saying the rise of violence and unlawful threats of vi violence directed at those who serve the public is unacceptable and dangerous to our democracy. The Department of Justice has U.S. marshals providing support to the Supreme Court Marshal, and the president supports legislation to fund increased scrutiny for the court and judges,” Jean-Pierre said.
“The Department of Homeland Security has said they are working with their partners across every level of government and the private sector to share timely information and intelligence to prevent all forms of violence and to support law enforcement efforts to keep our communities safe,” she added.
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