More than one year after he was nearly killed while practicing for the annual congressional charity baseball game, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) faced another threat on his life — and the lives of his children.
Fortunately, authorities moved quickly to arrest the man allegedly behind the threats, Carlos Bayon, charging him with interstate communication of a threat and threatening to kill two members of Congress; he also threatened Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.).
Now, law enforcement has revealed what they discovered in the 63-year-old’s home — which they’re presenting as evidence that his threats were serious.
What did police find?
While upstate New York law enforcement has yet to divulge the evidence against Bayon, an affidavit filed in federal court in Buffalo last week included an itemized list of evidence investigators said they found in Bayon’s home.
Among the items found were 150 rounds of 7.62-millimeter rifle ammunition, which is used in rifles like the AR-10 and AK-47, and 50 rounds of shotgun ammunition, according to NOLA.com.
Still, investigators did not locate any firearms. They did, however, find purchase receipts for an SKS rifle and a revolver.
In addition, investigators located more than a dozen books on firearms and bomb making. Some of the titles included: “Middle Eastern Terrorist Bomb Designs,” “CIA field manual for explosive prep,” and “How to build practical firearm suppressors.”
The items were discovered Wednesday when police executed a search warrant on his residence following his arrest.
Bayon faces up to 10 years in prison for his threats against Scalise and Rodgers and an additional five years for communicating threats across state lines.
What did Scalise’s office say?
Following Bayon’s arrest last week, Scalise spokeswoman Lauren Fine, said:
Whip Scalise is grateful to law enforcement for their actions. He will never forget how their heroism saved his life and those of his colleagues last year. As he has said before, there is absolutely no place in our political discourse for violent threats.
Scalise is the third-ranking Republican in the House, behind House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). Scalise is widely believed to be a favorite for the speaker’s position after Ryan retires this year.