18 U.S.C. § 871 : US Code - Section 871: Threats against President and successors to the Presidency

Search 18 U.S.C. § 871 : US Code - Section 871: Threats against President and successors to the Presidency

      (a) Whoever knowingly and willfully deposits for conveyance in
    the mail or for a delivery from any post office or by any letter
    carrier any letter, paper, writing, print, missive, or document
    containing any threat to take the life of, to kidnap, or to inflict
    bodily harm upon the President of the United States, the President-
    elect, the Vice President or other officer next in the order of
    succession to the office of President of the United States, or the
    Vice President-elect, or knowingly and willfully otherwise makes
    any such threat against the President, President-elect, Vice
    President or other officer next in the order of succession to the
    office of President, or Vice President-elect, shall be fined under
    this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
      (b) The terms "President-elect" and "Vice President-elect" as
    used in this section shall mean such persons as are the apparent
    successful candidates for the offices of President and Vice
    President, respectively, as ascertained from the results of the
    general elections held to determine the electors of President and
    Vice President in accordance with title 3, United States Code,
    sections 1 and 2. The phrase "other officer next in the order of
    succession to the office of President" as used in this section
    shall mean the person next in the order of succession to act as
    President in accordance with title 3, United States Code, sections
    19 and 20.