Woman Arrested for Threatening Judge Who Granted Trump Special Master Request People arrive at the Paul G. Rogers Federal Building and Courthouse in West Palm Beach, Florida, the courthouse in which Judge Aileen Cannon issued her ruling. (Marco Bello/AFP via Getty Images)
By Jay Clemons | Monday, 12 September 2022 08:05 PM EDT
A Texas woman has been arrested on federal charges for allegedly threatening U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, who approved the special master appointment in the ongoing document dispute between the Justice Department (DOJ) and former President Donald Trump.
According to the Sept. 6 affidavit, an FBI agent's report says that Tiffani Shea Gish left three threatening and vulgar voicemails for Cannon using the pseudonym Evelyn Salt, a character in the movie "Salt."
Gish reportedly told Cannon that "Donald Trump has been disqualified long ago, and he's marked for assassination, you're helping him, ma'am."
The accused woman faces two charges related to threatening a federal official. Also, Gish has been ordered to be detained, pending trial after the initial court appearance.
Five full weeks have passed since the FBI's Aug. 8 raid of Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, where federal officials reportedly seized 11 sets of highly sensitive materials which may have contained "classified" or "top secret" markings.
However, it's still unknown how many, if any, of the presidential documents being stored at Trump's Florida home had been previously declassified, prior to Trump leaving the White House in January 2021.
Last week, Judge Cannon granted the Trump team's request for a special master to execute an independent review of the presidential materials in question.
The DOJ is currently appealing Cannon's ruling.
According to the criminal complaint involving Gish, the accused apparently suffers from "severe mental impairments with symptoms including paranoia and delusions."
Also, the criminal complaint says Gish admitted to making the calls and telling authorities she was the only one with access to the phone that left messages with Judge Cannon.
According to Axios, the other Gish voicemails earmarked for Judge Cannon included the following statements:
Message #1: "I'm also Trump's hitman, so consider it a bullet to your head from Donald Trump himself."
Message #2: "You f***up one f****** thing for me … I'm going to take my ass to f****** Florida, and I'm going to personally throw a bullet to your f****** head in front of your kids."
On Tuesday, Gish will reportedly participate in a competency hearing.