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Posted at 07:40 PM ET, 08/23/2012

Todd Akin threats under investigation by Capitol Police, FBI

Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) celebrates winning the Republican Senate primaryin St. Charles, Mo., this month. (Christian Gooden - AP)
Law enforcement authorities are investigating multiple threats made against Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), his family and staff in the days since his controversial comments about abortion and rape, a spokesman said late Thursday.

”Over the last couple of days, there’s been threats of rape of staff, the congressman’s family, and suggestions that people die,” Akin spokesman Steve Taylor said late Thursday. He confirmed that the U.S. Capitol Police and FBI are investigating “which threats are accurate or how to contextualize them.”

Taylor would not confirm Akin’s whereabouts, but reports published Thursday said the congressman was in Tampa meeting with conservative leaders to discuss the future of his U.S. Senate bid in Missouri.

In an e-mail, Lt. Kimberly Schneider, a Capitol Police spokeswoman said “This is an active, open investigation.” She added later that “we don’t discuss the security of Members of Congress.”

A St. Louis television station first reported Thursday that “multiple people have threatened rape and harm against Akin, his staff and family.”

The Capitol Police is responsible for protecting the U.S. Capitol complex and surrounding neighborhoods and provides protection to top congressional leaders. The agency regularly partners with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to investigate threats against lawmakers, congressional offices or the Capitol. The force has nearly in tripled in size since 1998 and now employs about 1,775 officers, according to department figures.

Most recently, Capitol Police and Miami-area officials investigated a threat against Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in April that prompted authorities to provide him extra protection in Washington and outside his West Miami home.

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