Greece man accused of threatening to kill Schiff, Schumer over impeachment trial

Updated: February 19, 2020 06:16 PM
Created: February 19, 2020 02:36 PM

ROCHESTER N.Y. (WHEC) — A Greece man has been arrested after police say he threatened to kill two politicians.

According to prosecutors, Salvatore Lippa II, 57, sent threatening messages to California Congressman Adam Schiff and New York Senator Charles Schumer.


The first incident happened on Jan. 23. Officials say Lippa sent a voice mail to Congressman Schiff's office in Washington D.C. that included a death threat.

On Feb. 4, Senator Schumer's office in Albany received a voice mail that contained a death threat.

The profane voicemail said, in part, "Somebody wants to assassinate you. I'm going to be the driver and he'll shoot you from 200 yards away."

United States Capitol Police traced both calls to Lippa's phone number.

Lippa admitted to making threatening calls to Schiff and Schumer because he was upset about President Trump's impeachment trial.

He is charged by a criminal complaint of threatening to assault and murder a federal official on account of the performance of their official duties. If he's found guilty, he could face up to 10 years in prison for the charge.

Lippa was ordered released until his next court appearance on March 23. He has an ankle monitor. He also has to get a mental health evaluation and stay away from guns, drugs, alcohol and anyone involved with Schiff and/or Schumer. He is only allowed to leave his house for work or health-related reasons.

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