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 June 19, 2024

Alabama Resident Admits to Threatening Fani Willis Over Trump Probe

Arthur Ray Hanson II, an Alabama resident, admitted guilt in threatening two Georgia officials due to their involvement in investigating former President Donald Trump.

AP News reported that Hanson pleaded guilty to charges stemming from voicemails he left for Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and Sheriff Patrick Labat.

These voicemails were laden with threats due to Hanson's discontent with their roles in the election interference probe into Trump.

Hanson's ire was specifically aimed at the investigation's potential to harm Trump, prompting him to act a little over a week before Trump and 18 others faced indictment on August 14 in Fulton County. His threats were vocalized on August 6 through a government customer service line.

Details of Hanson's Threatening Voicemails

During his plea hearing, Hanson admitted to making threatening calls, asserting he had never intended actual harm. The content of these voicemails included explicit threats targeting DA Willis, cautioning her about personal safety should she proceed with what would be Trump's fourth indictment. Similarly, he warned Sheriff Labat of dire consequences should he take Trump's mug shot.

The messages left no room for ambiguity, with Hanson stating, “When you charge Trump on that fourth indictment, anytime you’re alone, be looking over your shoulder.” He followed this by threatening Labat, “If you take a mug shot of the president and you’re the reason it happened, some bad (expletive)’s gonna happen to you.”

The federal response to Hanson's actions was swift. A grand jury indicted him in October, focusing on his use of interstate communication to make threats. During his court appearance, Hanson expressed regret, labeling his actions as a result of anger towards the Trump investigation, hoping his threats would deter the officials.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bret Hobson conveyed in court that although Hanson's actions were severe, the prosecution would seek leniency, acknowledging his acceptance of responsibility. Hanson, reflecting on his actions, remarked, “I made a stupid phone call,” and admitted, “I’m not a violent person.”

Hanson's Justification and Regret

Further elaborating on his mindset, Hanson explained that his threats were intended as warnings, influenced by his strong reactions to the proceedings against Trump. He stated, “I didn’t knowingly know I was threatening anybody,” adding that, to him, it was merely a cautionary warning.

The legal system is now set to decide Hanson’s fate at a forthcoming sentencing, reflecting the gravity of threatening public officials and the broader implications it has on legal and democratic processes.

The indictment of Trump and 18 others, which followed shortly after Hanson's threats, highlighted a scheme allegedly aimed at overturning the 2020 election results in Georgia.

This case has drawn national attention, focusing on the delicate balance between political fervor and the rule of law.

The involvement of high-profile figures in legal battles adds a layer of complexity and public interest, further intensifying the scrutiny of how justice is administered in politically sensitive cases.


In conclusion, Arthur Ray Hanson II's case underscores the tensions that can arise when political loyalties intersect with legal accountability.

His guilty plea serves as a reminder of the legal boundaries that are in place to protect individuals and uphold the integrity of judicial processes, even amidst highly charged political environments.

Written By:
Christina Davie

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