LMU student to be interviewed by Secret Service

 

This article was previously published by the Los Angeles Loyolan in 2017 and can be found here. 

Graphic by Chloe Cunningham | Loyolan

 

An LMU sophomore- — who had previously posted threatening social media posts directed toward the president of the United States on her Twitter page —  is being investigated by the Secret Service, the Loyolan has learned.

The Twitter account appeared to belong to Hope Eidam, a sophomore screenwriting major. The Loyolan reached out to Eidam who declined to comment on the situation but said Monday that she had not yet been interviewed by officials.

The tweet that has since been deleted said, “Given the opportunity, I would happily kill Trump and his agreeing administration in a heartbeat, and spend the rest of my life in jail. I really would.”

During a Facebook Live broadcast Nov. 13, Eidam announced that she is scheduled to be interviewed by the Secret Service on Wednesday and that this delay is to allow Eidam time to have a lawyer present, according to multiple sources that watched the broadcast. Eidam said she had been in contact with the Department of Public Safety (DPS) over the weekend after DPS was approached by the Secret Service inquiring about Eidam.

Chief of Public Safety Hampton Cantrell confirmed to the Loyolan that an LMU student is being interviewed by Secret Service but declined to comment further.

In the first Facebook Live broadcast, sources told the Loyolan, Eidam said she believed being contacted by the Secret Service may give her a platform to discuss sexual assault. She shared, as a victim of sexual assault, that she believes President Donald Trump needed to be held accountable to the accusations made against him.

According to the United States Code Title 18, Section 871, it is a felony to threaten the life of the President of the United States, and offenders may face fines or up to five years in prison. The law includes any and all threats made to harm or kill the President, Vice President or candidates for office. The Secret Service investigates possible violations of this code.

On Tuesday, Eidam posted to Snapchat, sources told the Loyolan, and said she was unaware she may have committed a felony.

The original tweet and two Facebook Live videos posted by Eidam have since been deleted.

Senior Vice President of Student Affairs Lane Bove told the Loyolan she was aware of the tweets and that student affairs reached out to the student involved to set up a meeting.

“Like with all student concerns, our goal is always to engage in the conversation,” Bove said. “So that we can understand the issue and respond to it in a satisfactory way.”

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