Remember Vincent McCrudden? He’s the guy who arrested in January after years spent threatening to murder, among others, Mary Schapiro, Richard Ketchum, Gary Gensler and various other SEC and CFTC officials (and previously had a section of his website asking people to help him “execute” the plan). In one email to a CFTC staffer he wrote, “You fucking corrupt piece of shit! I have let so many of you fucking corrupt mother fuckers off the hook for doing this to my life. You my friend are not getting away with this. I am going to do this my way no and you, you corrupt mother fucking piece of shit are the first on my list! laugh mother fucker…I am going to make you a test case!” In another, vivid imagery involving a midget was used. In yet another, the chief operating officer of the NFA was told "It wasn't ever a question of 'if' I was going to kill you, it was just of when." Yesterday McCrudden's lawyers denied that he was the one who sent the message but say they have a pretty good idea who did.
Robert Nardoza, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch in Brooklyn, said in an e-mail that the government is prepared to present the evidence against McCrudden at trial. He declined to comment further. In court papers, the U.S. alleged McCrudden did indeed intend harm, writing in a Sept. 30 e-mail to NFA Chief Operating Officer Daniel A. Driscoll that “It wasn’t ever a question of ‘if’ I was going to kill you, it was just a question of when.”
The message was purportedly from CFTC Chairman Gary Gensler, though the government said that its language and origin in Singapore, where McCrudden lived, pointed to him.
What you're being asked to buy here is that the chairman of the CFTC threatened, out of the blue, to kill the head of NFA. Just take a moment with that.