The FBI investigates threats to Democratic lawmakers
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer voiced concern Thursday over warnings of violent reprisals against members of Congress who voted for landmark health care legislation, saying the threats are being taken “very seriously”, the AP reported.
Hoyer said more than 10 of them had reported incidents since Sunday’s vote
Some also received threatening phone calls and have raised concerns about their personal security. Police and the FBI are investigating the incidents.
The FBI’s Washington field office said in a statement that all threats and incidents directed against members of Congress are taken seriously and are being investigated.
Representative Louise Slaughter, the chairwoman of the House Rules Committee, reported that someone left her a voice mail threat that used the word “snipers.’’ In addition, she said, a brick was hurled through a window at her district office in Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Protests swirled around the Capitol during debate on the health care overhaul last weekend. Demonstrators hurled racial slurs at several black lawmakers, and a protester spat at a black lawmaker.
While not directly criticizing Republican lawmakers, Hoyer said: “Any show of appreciation for such actions encourages such action.’’