A Deer Park, Ohio bartender told authorities that he had planned to poison House Speaker John Boehner while serving him drinks at a country club.
Michael Hoyt, 44, was indicted of threatening to murder Speaker Boehner at the Wetherington Country Club in West Chester, Ohio. Hoyt reportedly served Boehner for five years, and was known to customers as “Bartender Mike.”
After being fired from his job due to complaints from customers, Hoyt allegedly called police on Oct. 29 to inform them of his plans to murder the congressman. “Hoyt told the officer he was Jesus Christ and he was going to kill Boehner because Boehner was mean to him at the country club and because Boehner is responsible for Ebola,” Capitol Police Special Agent Christopher Desrosiers said. “Hoyt advised he had a loaded Beretta .380 automatic and he was going to shoot Boehner and take off."
According to CNN, Hoyt also emailed Boehner’s wife, Debbie, on two different occasions.
“Mr. Boehner, I sincerely do not want to embarrass anyone. I am willing to drop all of this if you and Dr. Bob Buring deliver my termination report to me personally, or transport me to a secure location where the three of us can have an honest conversation. If I had any intention of hurting Mr. Boehner, I could have poisoned his wine at Wetherington many, many times. I do not believe I have lied about anything nor exaggerated,” one email read.
“This is extremely urgent. Tuesday. Earlier the better. Talk to Dr. Bob Buring. PLEASE!!! We can work together and succeed or …..fail miserably. My phone died. I am at home. I have a dog and cat so please do not bust in. I will leave my lights on inside and out all night. You probably already know where I live. REDACTED Matson Ave. Deer Park, Ohio.”
Authorities say Hoyt claimed to have heard voices that told him Boehner was evil, was respobsible for the Ebola outbreak and was one of the patrons whose complaints led to him being terminated. While searching Hoyt’s home, police found a notebook that contained the words “John Bohner” and “Ebola.” Police arrested Hoyt and put him on a 72-hour psychiatric hold.
Michael Steel, Boehner’s spokesman, issued a statement on Tuesday responding to police reports.
“Speaker Boehner is aware of this situation, and sincerely thanks the FBI, the Capitol Police and local authorities in Ohio for their efforts,” Steel’s statement read.
A source told CNN that Boehner, his wife and some of his staff had been aware of Hoyt since November but “didn't know the timing of the indictment.”