Cleveland man arrested for saying he wanted to kill Clinton, Obama

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WCMH)–Police arrested a Cleveland man on Monday night after he allegedly told the Secret Service he wanted to kill Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

WLWT reports that the Secret Service assisted in the arrest of Jonathan W. Smead, 35.

According to affidavits, Smead called the Secret Service and stated, “I want to kill President Obama.”

He went on to mention past assassins, including Lee Harvey Oswald and John Wilkes Booth, WLWT reported.

The affidavit also said Smead has an interest in assassinations and that he has visited the site of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

Smead continued to say he wanted to kill Hillary Clinton and that he “wants federal charges, not little state charges.”

Smead was interviewed by Secret Service officials Monday, and admitted to making the phone call. The affidavit also says Smead said he was drinking alcohol prior to making the call, and that he did not know why he made the threats.

Smead has not yet been formally charged. The case has been handed over to U.S. Marshals for investigation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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