By Sri Ravipati
U.S. Capitol Police recorded more than 9,000 threats against members of Congress this past year, Chief of Police Thomas Manger said Monday during a Senate Rules Committee hearing.
Why it matters: Threats against federal lawmakers have surged about 400% in the past six years, Manger said, calling it “a sobering number.”
What he’s saying: “I cannot overstate the scope, breadth, and intensity of the nation’s current threat climate,” Manger said in his opening statement. “Hate, intolerance, and violence are part of this disturbing trend.”
- “This past year the Department saw more than 9,000 threats against Members of Congress,” Manger said.
- “The attacks on Rep. Lee Zeldin and Paul Pelosi, as well as the threats directed towards other members of Congress, are a sad reminder of the extent to which our social fabric has frayed.”
- Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) was attacked onstage during a gubernatorial campaign event in July.
- After a review of the violent attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) husband in October, Manger called for more resources to ramp up security around lawmakers.
What’s next: Manger noted Monday that since the Jan. 6 insurrection, Capitol Police has “made great strides” toward improving security and addressing staffing shortages, but said “there is still more work to be done.”