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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.”