(Reuters) - An Ohio bartender is suspected of having contemplated poisoning House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner and has been charged with threatening to murder a U.S. official, court documents showed on Tuesday.
Michael Hoyt, who long served Boehner at a country club in Ohio and checked into a psychiatric facility after he was questioned by police, was indicted on the charge on Jan. 7, court papers said.
"Speaker Boehner is aware of this situation, and sincerely thanks the FBI, the Capitol Police and local authorities in Ohio for their efforts,” Michael Steel, a spokesman for the Ohio Republican, said in a statement.
A description of Hoyt's alleged plan was laid out in an arrest affidavit filed in federal court on Nov. 6 and unsealed just over a month later. The suspected plot was first reported by a Cincinnati television station on Tuesday.
Hoyt dialed 911 on Oct. 29 and gave the operator his first name and asked that his father be told he was sorry.
A police officer was sent to Hoyt's home in Deer Park, Ohio, to check on him and Hoyt told the officer he was fired from his job at a country club where Boehner is a member, court papers said.
"Hoyt advised that he had been fired from his job at Wetherington Country Club in West Chester, Ohio, and did not have time to put something in John Boehner's drink," the affidavit stated.
Hoyt also told the officer he was Jesus Christ and that he was going to kill Boehner because Boehner was mean to him and he believed the speaker was responsible for the Ebola outbreak, court papers said.
(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles, David Bailey in Minneapolis and Peter Cooney in Washington; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Peter Cooney)