Todd Akin threats being investigated by Capitol Police, FBI

August 23, 2012

This post has been updated.

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.”

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.”

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Ed O’Keefe is a congressional reporter with The Washington Post and covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential and congressional elections.
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