SW Va. man accused of threatening senator

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner U.S. Sen. Mark Warner

ABINGDON, Va. — A southwest Virginia man has been charged with influencing, impeding or retaliating against a federal official, for allegedly calling U.S. Sen. Mark Warner’s office and threatening the senator if he supports the impeachment of former President Donald Trump.

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner
U.S. Sen. Mark Warner

Allen Cedric Taylor, 61, of Tannersville, is accused of calling Warner’s office on Jan. 12. During the call, he reportedly praised the siege of the U.S. Capitol and told a staff assistant that if Warner voted to impeach Trump, the senator and others would pay and saying, “we have weapons for this.”

In an interview with an FBI agent on Jan. 27, Taylor reportedly admitted calling Warner’s office but denied threatening the senator. Later, he reportedly told the agent that if he did threaten the senator, his “medication must not be working.”

He also told the agent that Democrats are “communists” and he wasn’t surprised that the FBI wanted to talk to him.

If convicted, Taylor now faces a potential sentence of up to 10 years in prison.