Brittan Atkinson: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Brittan Atkinson

Theresa Atkinson Facebook

Brittan Atkinson has identified as the man who emailed a death threat to one of the attorneys for the whistleblower who catalyzed Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. Atkinson sent the email in November. Politico reports that he’s been charged for the crime, and faces up to five years in prison.

Atkinson reportedly sent the email to attorney Mark Zaid. Zaid confirmed to Politico that he received the email from Atkinson a day after Trump showed Zaid’s photo at a Trump rally.

The email to Zaid reads,

“All traitors must die miserable deaths. Those that represent traitors shall meet the same fate. We will hunt you down and bleed you out like the pigs you are. We have nothing but time, and you are running out of it. Keep looking over your shoulder. We know who you are, where you live, and who you associate with. We are all strangers in a crowd to you.”

Atkinson, 54, is from Beaverton, Michigan. He was arraigned today in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and pleaded not guilty. Magistrate Judge Patricia T. Morris ordered him temporarily detained with a detention hearing set for February 24.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Atkinson Is Charged With Violating 18 USC 875 (c)

Atkinson has been charged under a code related to extortion and threats, specifically 18 USC 875 (c).

Part C of the code reads, “Whoever transmits in interstate or foreign commerce any communication containing any threat to kidnap any person or any threat to injure the person of another, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.”


2. Atkinson Is 54 Years Old & Married With Kids & Grandkids

Brittan Atkinson

Though Atkinson’s social presence has been largely scrubbed clean in recent months, public records show that he’s 54 years old and lives in Beaverton, Michigan.

His wife, Theresa, often shares photos of their children and grandchildren on her own Facebook. In those photos, Atkinson can be seen playing with his grand-babies.

In an interview with NBC News, Theresa shared that her husband has some kind of disability that keeps him from working. He has no guns or income, she explained. It’s unclear what type of disability Atkinson has.


3. Atkinson’s Twitter Account Is Suspended, But Responses to His Tweets Show That He Often Talked About Political Matters

Like his Facebook, Atkinson’s Twitter is a blank slate nowadays. A quick search of his Twitter account shows that his handle was suspended at some point — but many of the replies to his tweets are still around, and show what type of tweeting Atkinson has done in the past.

One response to a no-longer-available tweet by Atkinson reads, “Did you see the hashtag on Britt’s previous tweet? Account needs to be reported. Encouraging using 2nd amendment on Mueller and liberals in numerous tweets.”

Another response to a different tweet by Atkinson reads, “Troll me this? How long can you leave Russian caviar out on a table at a Mar ra lago function before it begins to stink ?”


4. Atkinson’s Wife, Theresa, Told NBC News His Arrest Left Her ‘Speechless’

In an interview with NBC News, shortly after Atkinson was charged, Theresa said that she was speechless.

“Was his email tactful? No, it wasn’t,” she said. “Was it kind of disturbing? Yes, it was. But him along with several other people in this country are fed up with the bull—-. They just want the country to run.”

Theresa pointed out that her husband’s threat was arguably nothing to fear, given his disability. “He’s not in a group of anything except his little clan that plays video games,” she said to the news network. “He’s nothing. He’s no one. He sometimes has a big mouth and he does get angry, but he is not a threat in any way shape or form and he has a constitutional right to speak.”


5. Zaid Gave a Statement Following News of Atkinson’s Arrest: ‘I Hope This Indictment Sends a Message’

Following news of Atkinson’s indictment, Zaid spoke out about the threat he allegedly received from the Michigan man.

Per ABC, Zaid released the following statement:

“It’s not appropriate for anyone to threaten another individual’s life, regardless of political views. My job was to ensure the rule of law was followed in how whistleblowers are treated. That role should not be negatively weaponized by partisans. I hope this indictment sends a message to others that such behavior will not be tolerated by a civil society that is governed by law.”

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