U.S. Capitol Police investigated 7,501 threats in opposition to members of Congress final yr, in accordance with new figures launched Tuesday.
Final yr’s numbers marked the primary decline in at the very least 5 years however remained “traditionally excessive,” almost double the three,939 circumstances investigated in 2017, Capitol Police mentioned. In 2021, when the Jan. 6 riot came about, risk circumstances jumped to 9,625.
“The threats in opposition to Members of Congress are nonetheless too excessive,” U.S. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger mentioned in a press release. “This has resulted in a mandatory growth of, not solely our investigative capabilities, however our safety obligations as properly.”
The tallies embody investigations into “regarding statements and direct threats,” and police mentioned the variety of threats in opposition to Democrats and Republicans has been comparable, noting each member of Congress has been affected.
An intruder was charged with breaking into the San Francisco dwelling of former Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in October and assaulting her husband with a hammer. Police mentioned the assailant later mentioned he was in search of Pelosi, who was in Washington, D.C., on the time.
Weeks after that assault, a Michigan man was arrested and accused of threatening to kill Rep. John Garamendi, one other California Democrat, and FBI Director Christopher Wray.
Extra lately, a Washington man was charged with seven counts of creating interstate threats after he was accused of leaving greater than 400 voicemails for members of Congress over two years.
Threats of political violence have additionally prolonged to the state and native ranges. Solomon Pena, an unsuccessful GOP candidate for the New Mexico state Home, was arrested Monday in reference to 4 shootings on the properties of two county commissioners and two state legislators.