Secret Service on meeting with Ted Nugent over Obama comments: ‘The issue has been resolved’
By Dylan Stableford | The Ticket
Ted Nugent met with the U.S. Secret Service in Oklahoma on Thursday to discuss his controversial comments about President Barack Obama--and the agency says the issue has been "resolved."
"The Secret Service interview of Ted Nugent has been completed," Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary told Yahoo News. "The issue has been resolved. The Secret Service does not anticipate any further action."
"I have never made any threats of violence towards anyone," Nugent said following the meeting, according to CNN. "I met with two fine, professional Secret Service agents," Nugent said in a statement. "[It was a] good, solid, professional meeting concluding that I have never made any threats of violence towards anyone. The meeting could not have gone better. I thanked them for their service, we shook hands and went about our business. God bless the good federal agents wherever they may be."
During a National Rifle Association convention last weekend, Nugent said, "If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year."
The Secret Service said on Tuesday that it was aware of Nugent's comments and would investigate.
"The bottom line is I've never threatened anybody's life in my life," Nugent said Wednesday on Glenn Beck's radio show. "I don't threaten, I don't waste breath threatening. I just conduct myself as a dedicated 'We the people' activist because I've saluted too many flag-draped coffins to not appreciate where the freedom comes from."
The gun-loving "Cat Scratch Fever" singer did not apologize for the incendiary talk, but added: "I'm not trying to diminish the seriousness of this, because if the Secret Service are doing it they are serious."
On Tuesday, a defiant Nugent sounded off on the backlash.
"This is the Saul Alinsky 'Rules for Radicals' playbook," Nugent said on CNN radio. "The Nazis and the Klan hate me. I'm a black Jew at a Nazi Klan rally. There are some power-abusing, corrupt monsters in our federal government who despise me because I have the audacity to speak the truth--to identify the violations of our federal government--in particular Eric Holder, the President and Tim Geithner."