Advertisement

  1. ITV Report

Bartender charged over alleged plan to poison Republican John Boehner

US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Credit: Olivier Douliery/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

A bartender suspected of having contemplated poisoning House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner has been charged with threatening to murder a US official.

Michael Hoyt, who served Boehner at a country club in Ohio, was charged on January 7, court papers showed.

"Speaker Boehner is aware of this situation, and sincerely thanks the FBI, the Capitol Police and local authorities in Ohio for their efforts," Michael Steel, a spokesman for the Republican politician said in a statement.

A description of Hoyt's alleged plan was laid out in an arrest affidavit.

Hoyt was said to have called the emergency services on October 29, given the operator his first name and asked that his father be told he was sorry.

A police officer was then sent to Hoyt's home in Deer Park, Ohio, to check on him, after which Hoyt told the officer he had been sacked from his job at a country club where Boehner is a member, court papers read.

"Hoyt advised that he had been fired from his job at Wetherington Country Club in West Chester, Ohio, and did not have time to put something in John Boehner's drink," the affidavit stated.

The suspect also reportedly told the officer that he was Jesus Christ and was going to kill Boehner because he had been mean to him and he believed the Speaker was responsible for the Ebola outbreak, the court papers added.