GREECE — A Greece man is accused of threatening to kill U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff after he became upset over the impeachment proceedings, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Salvatore Lippa II, 57, was charged by criminal complaint with threatening to assault or murder a federal official on account of the performance of their official duties and interstate communication of a threat.
On Jan. 23, 2020, the Washington, D.C. office of Schiff, a Democrat from California, received a voicemail that "included a death threat," federal authorities said.
In the profanity-laden Schiff voicemail, Lippa threatened to "put a bullet in your (expletive) forehead," according to the criminal complaint.
On Feb. 4, 2020, Schumer's Albany office received a threatening voicemail with a death threat, authorities said.
Using the same phone number, Lippa called Schumer's office and called both Schumer and House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi "scumbags," the complaint said. Lippa said, "Somebody wants to assassinate you, I'm going to be the driver. And he'll shoot you from 200 yards away," the complaint continued.
The threats were reported to the United States Capitol Police's threat assessment section and an investigation began.
Investigators traced both calls back to Lippa and his cellphone account. They located Lippa's home on Westwood Drive in Greece and he allegedly admitted to making the threatening calls, because "he was upset about the impeachment proceedings," the criminal complaint said.
He was arrested by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office on Feb. 11 near the intersection of Dewey Avenue and the Lake Ontario State Parkway for driving without a license and without insurance. His driver's license expired in November 2016, authorities said.
Lippa was released on conditions Wednesday following an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark W. Pedersen. He is to have no contact with Schiff, Schumer, or their staffs. Lippa must also undergo a mental health evaluation.
He is due back in court on March 23.