Texas woman Abigail Jo Shry is facing charges after allegedly leaving a voicemail threatening to kill U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan for her oversight in Special Counsel Jack Smith's case against former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File/United States Courts)

Texas woman charged after threatening to kill federal judge overseeing election case against Trump: affidavit

A Texas woman is behind bars after allegedly threatening to kill U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan – the federal judge overseeing Special Counsel Jack Smith’s 2020 election conspiracy case against former President Donald Trump – and U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee.

Abigail Jo Shry, of Alvin, Texas, is charged with transmitting a threat to injure a person via interstate commerce after being accused of making a threatening call to Chutkan’s chambers in Washington D.C. on Aug. 5, according to an affidavit, which was filed in federal court on Aug. 11 and made public Wednesday by Bloomberg Law.

The document, signed by Special Agent Joshua Henry with the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service, alleges that Shry began the message by saying “Hey you stupid slave [N-word],” before threatening the life of anyone pursuing Trump.

The message included a direct threat to kill Rep. Lee, a Texas Democrat running for mayor in Houston, “all Democrats in Washington D.C. and all people in the LGBTQ community,” the affidavit revealed.

Investigators were able to trace the message back to a phone owned by Shry and, on Aug. 8, Homeland Security special agents went to her home in southeast Texas for questioning.

During the conversation, Shry stated the phone belonged to her and admitted to making the threatening call, the affidavit showed. She allegedly added that she had no plans of traveling to D.C. or Houston to carry out the threats, but said they would “need to worry” if Lee visits Alvin.

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