Missouri man pleads guilty to threatening to lynch two congressmen

A side-by-side image of Rep. Steve Cohen and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver.
A side-by-side image of Rep. Steve Cohen and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver.

  • Kenneth Hubert pleaded guilty to two counts of threatening to lynch a Black representative and a Jewish representative.
  • Hubert, from Missouri, faces a maximum penalty of six years in prison and a $250,000 fine per count.
  • Hubert admitted to calling the offices of Reps. Emanuel Cleaver and Steve Cohen and threatening the lawmakers in conversations with their staffers.
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A Missouri man pleaded guilty to threatening to lynch two sitting lawmakers, according to court documents filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Missouri.

Kenneth R. Hubert, 63, threatened to lynch Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II of Missouri, who is Black, after the January 6 Capitol riot. In 2019, Hubert also threatened to lynch Rep. Steve Cohen, a Jewish lawmaker representing Tennessee’s 9th district. Both congressional representatives are Democrats.

Prosecutors arrested Hubert in March after the threats to Cleaver, and court filings from Thursday say he pleaded guilty to two counts of threatening to assault a US official.

He called Cohen’s Washington, DC, office in May 2019, the plea agreement says, and told a staffer that he “has a noose with the Congressman’s name on it.” Hubert also told the staffer he planned to “put a noose around his neck and drag him behind his pickup truck.”

A day after the Capitol riot, Hubert called Cleaver’s Independence, Missouri, office and referred to him using a racial slur over the phone with a staffer. “How about a noose around his neck?” Hubert asked on the phone, according to the plea agreement.

Hubert admitted to both calls and threats on January 19, 2021, while in conversation with FBI agents, according to court docs.

“By entering into this plea agreement, the defendant admits that he knowingly committed these offenses, and is, in fact, guilty of these offenses,” the plea agreement says.

Hubert told FBI agents he threatened Cohen because “he was offended by a comment Representative Cohen previously made about then-President Donald Trump.” And he said he threatened Cleaver because a statement the rep made on the House floor “upset him.” There are no further details on the statements either rep made.

It’s not clear whether a judge has set a date for Hubert to be sentenced. But each count carries a maximum penalty of six years in prison and a $250,000 fine, the agreement says.

Neither Cohen nor Cleaver’s office immediately responded to Insider’s request for comment. The attorney representing Hubert also did not immediately respond to inquiries.

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Rep. Steve Cohen says judging by Marjorie Taylor Greene’s press conference she ‘didn’t learn a lot’ about the Holocaust, after she apologized for previous remarks

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican of Georgia, speaks to reporters about her recent interaction with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York, as she leaves the Capitol after the last vote of the week.

  • Rep. Steve Cohen, a Jewish Democrat from Tennessee, said he appreciated Rep. Greene’s apology.
  • At a press conference, Greene distanced herself from comparing mask mandates and vaccine cards to the Holocaust.
  • Still, she said mask mandates were discriminatory, and she compared Democrats to Hitler’s National Socialist Party.
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Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen told CNN on Monday that he was glad that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene visited the Holocaust Museum and apologized for her comparisons of mask mandates and vaccine cards to the Holocaust.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene held a press conference on Monday, apologizing for her comments over the past few weeks comparing vaccine documentation and mask mandates to Jews being required to wear yellow stars during the Holocaust.

“There is nothing comparable to the Holocaust,” Greene said outside of the Holocaust Museum.

But, after Greene doubled down on other controversial remarks during that same press conference, Cohen, who is Jewish, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that it seemed she “didn’t learn a lot” from her visit.

During a brief question and answer period, Greene said she maintains that mask mandates are “a form of discrimination.” At the end of her conference, Greene said the policies of the Democratic Party are akin to Hitler’s National Socialist Party.

“The Nazis were about antisemitism, they were about killing all the Jewish people, they were about prejudice, and that is not anything the Democratic Party is for,” Cohen said. “It didn’t sound like it was from the heart.”

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Billionaire hedge-fund manager Steve Cohen just sold his New York City penthouse after 8 years and a 74% discount

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The penthouse sits on the 51st and 52nd floors of One Beacon Court in Midtown Manhattan.

After eight years and a 74% price chop, billionaire hedge funder Steve Cohen has finally sold his sprawling Manhattan penthouse.

As Oshrat Carmiel first reported for Bloomberg, Cohen’s 9,000-square-foot duplex at 151 East 58th Street went into contract last week, according to an Olshan Realty market report. The sale price was not disclosed, but the penthouse was most recently listed for $29.5 million. Olshan Realty did not immediately respond to a request from Insider for more details on the sale.

Cohen, who runs Point72 Asset Management and has a net worth of $16 billion, first listed the penthouse for $115 million in 2013. Since then, the listing has gone through four brokerages and multiple price chops, per the brokerage report.

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Steve Cohen is chairman and CEO of the Point72 hedge fund, which oversees more than $20 billion in assets.

The penthouse sits on the 51st and 52nd floors of One Beacon Court, a 54-story luxury condominium tower that’s part of the Bloomberg Tower complex, according to StreetEasy. The five-bedroom, 6.5-bathroom condo has a 2,000-square-foot master suite and 24-foot ceilings in the living room, according to the listing. At 700 feet above the city, the duplex offers views of Central Park and both the East and Hudson rivers. Cohen bought the penthouse in 2005 for $24 million, per Bloomberg.

Cohen, who owns the New York Mets baseball team, has also owned real-estate in Greenwich Village and the Hamptons. In 2016, he tore down his 10,000-square-foot East Hampton mansion to build a new one in its place after paying $62.5 million for the house three years prior.

In 2019, he sold his triplex condo in the West Village’s Abingdon building for $30 million. According to Olshan Realty’s report, Cohen is in the process of building another home in Greenwich Village. A spokesperson for the hedge-fund CEO did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment for this story.

Cohen has long been a fixture in the New York finance world. He founded the SAC Capital hedge fund in 1992 and ran it for years until the firm was busted for insider trading in 2013. As chairman and CEO of Point72 Asset Management, he oversees more than $20 billion in assets.

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