Thousands of threatening messages that were sent out to U.S. District Judge James Robart throughout Donald Trump’s presidency came from Russia, according to CBS.
Robart, who momentarily blocked Trump’s travel restriction on predominantly Muslim nations, got numerous online death risks and criticisms after Trump tweeted a series of attacks against him in 2017.
In an interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes airing Sunday, Robart discusses those risks and additional safety matters that federal judges deal with.
According to CBS, thousands of those threatening messages that appeared to come from Americans were really from Russia.
” If Putin can undermine a substantial sector of the population’s willingness to accept a court’s choice, then he can cause mayhem in this country,” Suzanne Spaulding, who ran cybersecurity operations for Republican and Democratic administrations, informed CBS.
Robart received upwards of 40,000 threatening messages, consisting of at least 100 death hazards, after briefly suspending Trump’s travel order, which aimed to ban residents from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Critics of the Seattle-based judge called him a “dead guy strolling” and published his personal information, including his phone number and address, on social networks.
Trump then further flamed the scenario by ridiculing Robart online, calling him a “so-called Judge” and informing his millions of fans to blame him for any potential attacks against the U.S.
” Simply can not believe a judge would put our nation in such hazard. If something takes place blame him and court system. People pouring in. Bad!” Trump tweeted in 2017.