(PartiallyPolitics.com) According to the latest figures the U.S. Capitol Police investigated 7,501 threats against Congress members in 2022. This marks the first decline in the number of investigations in five years. Still, even though the cases under investigation were around 2,000 fewer than they had been in 2021, they remain high.
The Capitol police records show 9,625 cases in 2021, while in 2017 the number of cases had been 3,939.
U.S. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said that as a result of the high number of threats it has been necessary for the force to undertake more investigations and to expand their protection responsibilities.
He added that the severity of these cases ranges from “concerning statements” to “direct threats.”
The police records also show that both Democrats and Republicans are facing a similar number of threats.
The most prolific case of a threat in the past year came when an intruder broke into former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s, D-Calif., San Francisco home and hit her husband, Paul Pelosi, with a hammer. As a result, Paul Pelosi ended up in the hospital with several severe injuries.
Another case saw a Michigan man arrested after threatening to kill Rep. John Garamendi, another California Democrat, and FBI Director Christopher Wray. The man ended up charged with seven counts of interstate threats. Reportedly he had left more than 400 voicemails over the last two years.
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