Live Updates: Paul Pelosi, Nancy Pelosi’s husband, attacked the couple’s home
Threats to U.S. lawmakers over the past two years have also extended to their family members, according to federal law enforcement officials, and the lack of federal protections for family members. upset some members of Congress.
Security for lawmakers, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, does not protect their family members, including spouses, when members of Congress are not with them, according to multiple sources. Some lawmakers have hired additional security in their districts from local police departments and private contractors.
Following the attack on Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger told CNN that threats against her family included killing her young son. But when he asked the U.S. Capitol Police for extra security, they told him to “get in line,” Kinzinger said.
Like other lawmakers, Kinzinger’s security detail doesn’t protect his family when he’s not with them, and the lack of assistance provided by the Capitol Police has left his campaign footing the bill for any additional security.
Calls for violence against lawmakers online and elsewhere have targeted both elected officials and their families, according to sources familiar with the threat environment who told CNN how law enforcement agencies are dealing with those threats after Jan. 6. 2021, Attack on the US Capitol.
In the months since the Jan. 6 riots, Capitol Police and other law enforcement agencies have worked to beef up security for members of Congress as they travel to and from Washington.
Capitol Police declined to comment Friday when asked about the safety of the lawmakers’ families.
A senior Capitol Hill aide told CNN that Capitol Police are now evaluating additional security options to protect the families of congressional leaders.
Federal law enforcement agencies have consistently warned of an increased risk of politically motivated violence after Jan. 6, raising real concerns about the potential for online calls to violence to lead to real-world attacks.
According to the latest statistics, the Capitol Police tracked nearly 9,600 threats against the people and places the department is charged with protecting in 2021. It is not known how many threats were made to family members.
Several lawmakers have requested additional protection from the U.S. Capitol Police after threats to their families, but one source familiar with the matter said the agency lacks the resources and training to meet those requests.
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