A man in Houston has been charged with leaving threatening and racist voicemails for California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters.
Brian Michael Gaherty, 60, was arrested April 13 and charged with transmission of a threat to injure the person of another interstate commerce.
According to an affidavit given by U.S. Capitol Police agent Michael Guest, Gaherty went on a series of racist tirades against the California congresswoman, at one point saying, "Hey, you black b----. You f--- with my people man. All that racism s--- b----, you up in age, 80 years old and s---, trying to remember 1960 and all that bulls---. And causing controversy b----. We got something for your ass now b----, you black motherf-----. Yeah, we coming for you bro."
Gaherty allegedly also left threatening messages with Waters' staff, according to the criminal complaint.
"Tell Congresswoman Maxine Waters when I see her on the street I’m going to bust her upside her head," Gaherty allegedly told a staffer. "F---, who this is, tell that lying b---- I’m looking for her."
Gaherty did not conceal his phone number, allowing U.S. Capitol Police to easily trace the source of the calls via data from T-Mobile and TracFone.
"Further investigation by USCP agents revealed that GAHERTY used the same phone number to leave at least four racist voicemails threatening to kill or assault Congresswoman Waters between August and November 2022, including a threat to 'cut your black ass throat' n----" on August 8, 2022," the USCP said in an affidavit.
Gaherty is also accused of leaving similarly threatening messages for at least two other congresswomen of color.
At a Monday detention hear, bond was set at $100,000, and court records says bond was later executed and Gaherty was expected to be released.
A request to an attorney representing Gaherty was not immediately returned.