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Texas man charged with threats to GA election officials

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Stark's case is the first brought by a task force created during the summer to address election threats. Getty Images

The U.S. Justice Department arrested a Texas man on accusations he threatened election officials in Georgia in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential vote.

Chad Christopher Stark, 54, of Leander, Texas, was busted Friday on a charge of communicating interstate threats, ABC-13 Houston reported. The arrest stems from a Craigslist message he is accused of posting on Jan. 5, 2021, stating that it was "time to kill" one elections official, whose name is not identified in the court documents.

"Georgia Patriots it's time for us to take back our state from these Lawless treasonous traitors. It's time to invoke our Second Amendment right it's time to put a bullet in the treasonous Chinese [Official A]. Then we work our way down to [Official B] the local and federal corrupt judges," Stark wrote, according to the indictment, the Texas Tribune reported.

Georgia officials were the targets of multiple threats in the days and weeks after the election, as supporters of President Trump objected to the results.

Stark's case is the first brought by a task force created during the summer to address election threats.

The official report does not name the three official Stark allegedly threatened.Getty Images

The indictment said Stark threatened at least three Georgia officials but did not identify them. Reuters, citing an unnamed source, reported that Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Gov. Brian Kemp were among the targets.

Raffensperger and Kemp are both Republicans who defended the Georgia vote count despite pressure from Trump and others. It was Raffensperger that Trump called in January 2021 telling him to "find" enough votes to overturn his loss.

"It's our duty as American Patriots to put an end to the lives of these traitors and take back our country by force we can no longer wait on the corrupt law enforcement in the corrupt courts. If we want our country back we have to exterminate these people," Stark's post said, according to the indictment.

Stark's threats are among "dozens" of cases under federal investigation.Getty Images

"One good loyal Patriot deer hunter in camo and a rifle can send a very clear message to these corrupt governors. militia up Georgia it's time to spill blood … we need to pay a visit to [Official C] and her family as well and put a bullet her behind the ears," the indictment quotes Stark's message as saying.

Stark's threats are among "dozens" of cases under federal investigation following the creation of the task force in June, said Kenneth A. Polite Jr., the assistant attorney general for the department's criminal division. He said the Justice Department analyzed more than 850 reports of threats to local election officials, Reuters reported.

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