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New York man arrested for threatening Senator Susan Collins Featured

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NEW YORK (WGME) - A New York man was arrested Friday for allegedly leaving threatening voicemail messages for Senator Susan Collins and her Republican colleague Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa for supporting Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the U.S. supreme court.

 Ronald Derisi, 74, of Smithtown New York "threatening to murder and assault" Collins, a key swing vote for Kavanaugh, and Grassley, chairman of the senate judiciary committee, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of New York.


Senator Collins issued a statement Sunday saying: "While law enforcement officials have asked that I not comment on the specific charges, let me take this opportunity to express my deep appreciation for the professionalism and extraordinary responsiveness of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to threats against me, my family, and my staff."


Police said Derisi left more than 10 threatening voice messages, hoping to convince Collins and Grassley to vote against president Donald Trump's nominee.


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