FBI: Violent Threats to Lawmakers on the Rise

Wednesday, 27 Apr 2011 01:45 PM

By Dan Weil

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The January shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., sent shudders through offices of both parties around Capitol Hill, and for good reason. Last year produced a record high for congressmen receiving threats of violence, according to interviews and FBI documents obtained by The Hill.

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Experts say the intense debate over healthcare reform helped spark the threats, and representatives of both parties were on the receiving end.

In March 2010, then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi received a phone call from a man who said, “I’m going to come down there and put a bullet in your a** when you leave.”

Around the same time, staff in the Washington office of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell fielded a call in which someone from California said, “I’m going to kill you and your senator and your staff.”



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