An Ohio bartender was indicted on Jan. 7 in a bizarre plot to put poison in House Speaker John Boehner’s drink.
WCPO in Cincinnati, Ohio, reported Tuesday that the bartender, 44-year old Michael Robert Hoyt, was brought up on charges of threatening to murder Boehner.
Hoyt, according to the news site, served drinks to Boehner for more than five years at the Wetherington Country Club in West Chester, where we went by the nickname “Bartender Mike.” Court documents cited by WCPO paint Hoyt as mentally unstable.
Hoyt called police after he was fired and blamed Boehner. When authorities visited Hoyt at his home, “Hoyt told the officer he was Jesus Christ and he was going to kill Boehner because Boehner was mean to him at the country club and because Boehner is responsible for Ebola,” United States Capitol Police (USCP) Special Agent Christopher M. Desrosiers said, according to the indictment.
“Hoyt advised he had a loaded Beretta .380 automatic and he was going to shoot Boehner and take off.”
Hoyt also said he regretted not putting something in Boehner’s drink that would harm him.
Hoyt also sent an email to Boehner’s wife, telling him “I could have poisoned his wine at Wetherington many, many times.”
Michael Steel, a spokesman for Boehner, told the Washington Examiner, “Speaker Boehner is aware of this situation, and sincerely thanks the FBI, the Capitol Police, and local authorities in Ohio for their efforts.”