January 6 committee members are likely to receive a security detail after a flurry of violent threats have been made to lawmakers in the past 24 hours
- House January 6 committee members are likely to get a security detail as there has been an uptick in violent threats over the past 24 hours
- The Washington Post reported Wednesday on the development, citing three people involved in the investigation
- Tuesday’s hearing featured GOP election officials who detailed former President Donald Trump and his allies’ pressure campaign to overturn the election
- The officials also detailed the threats and harassment they and their families endured when they refused to go along with Trump’s plan
The nine members of the House select committee on January 6 are likely to get a security detail as there has been an uptick in violent threats over the past 24 hours in the aftermath of the panel’s fourth public hearing.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday on the development, citing three people involved in the investigation.
Tuesday’s hearing featured mostly Republican election officials who detailed former President Donald Trump and his allies’ pressure campaign to have them overturn the 2020 election, and the threats they and their families endured when they refused.
The nine members of the House select committee on January 6 are likely to get a security detail as there has been an uptick in violent threats over the past 24 hours in the aftermath of the panel’s fourth public hearing
Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger shared a letter on Sunday that was addressed to his wife that called her a ‘c**t’ and said he would be ‘executed’ for his role on the January 6 House committee
Rep. Liz Cheney (left), who has had a security detail since last year, hugs Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers (center left) after he testified Tuesday. Bowers and Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (center right) detailed some of the threats they received
Both members of the committee and witnesses have shared details about the threats they’ve received.
On Sunday, Rep. Adam Kinzinger – one of two Republican members on the committee – shared a letter sent to his wife that calls her a c**t and says he’ll be ‘executed.’
‘But don’t worry! You and Christian will be joining Adam in hell too!’ the letter reads, referencing the congressman’s six-month-old son.
Kinzinger called on Republicans to turn the temperature down.
‘Here is the letter. Addressed to my wife, sent to my home, threatening the life of my family,’ he tweeted. ‘The Darkness is spreading courtesy of cowardly leaders fearful of truth. Is [this] what you want @GOP? Pastors?’
Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, another committee member, has had a security detail since last year.
Aides told The Washington Post that she hasn’t been able to hold large-scale campaign events due to security threats.
Cheney is facing a pro-Trump primary challenger for her Wyoming House seat, with voters heading to the polls in mid-August.
Overall, there are nine members, seven Democrats and two Republicans, who are serving on the committee.
In a similar move, security details were given to lawmakers last year who served as impeachment managers for Trump’s second impeachment trial.
The United States Capitol Police wouldn’t confirm on-the-record that the nine lawmakers were getting details.
‘For safety reasons, the USCP does not discuss potential security measures for Members,’ a spokesperson for USCP told The Post.
The uptick in threats to members came after witnesses on Tuesday detailed the own threats they faced.
Republican Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers said Trump supporters would swarm his home on Saturdays, while he and his wife were taking care of their ailing daughter, who died several weeks after January 6.
‘We’ve had various groups come by and they have had video panel trucks of videos proclaiming me to be a pedophile, a pervert, and a corrupted politician,’ Bowers recounted. ‘Loudspeakers in my neighborhood and leaving literature and arguing and threatening my neighbors.’
Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, also a Republican, said his widowed daughter-in-law’s home was broken into.
And witness Shaye Moss talked about discovering the slew of insults – some of them racist – in her Facebook messenger app once Trump entangled she and her mother Ruby Freeman in a election conspiracy theory about why he lost Georgia.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked if President Joe Biden planned to address these threats of violence on the heels of the Post’s report Wednesday that 1/6 committee members were likely to get security details.
‘He’s been very clear it is inappropriate,’ she responded, not speaking on the 1/6 report directly.