By Debbie Siegelbaum - 10/20/11 07:53 PM EDT
The FBI and U.S. Capitol Police are investigating an online threat made against Rep. Bobby Schilling (R-Ill.) that offered a $75,000 reward for his assassination.
The FBI and Capitol Police also are investigating a similarly worded online threat against President Obama and his family and several other lawmakers.
Schilling learned of the threat against him in an email alert Tuesday night, according to his spokeswoman, Andrea Pivarunas. Sherriff’s deputies reportedly responded to the congressman’s district home and have passed the matter on to the FBI and Capitol Police.
“He is grateful for the professionalism of local law enforcement in responding to this situation,” she added.
The email threat against Schilling states, "I will pay $75,000 for ASSASSINATING Illinois Congresswoman (sic) Bobby Schilling and any US Congressman, US Senator and FBI, CIA and NSA DIRECTORS and their FAMILY MEMBERS regardless of their age,” according to local news reports.
Capitol Police declined to comment specifically on the matter, other than confirming their active investigation with the FBI.
In late September, a Google user offered up to $100,000 for killing the president and his immediate family, as well as George W. Bush, several members of his administration and Congress, The New York Times reported Thursday.
“KILL the MASS MURDERERS, TERRORISTS, SADISTS, PERVERTS and PSYCHOPATHS George Bush, [Donald] Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Dick Cheney, FBI director Robert Mueller III, NSA Director Keith Alexander, CIA Director David Patraeus, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and National Intelligence director Dennis Blair,” according to the posting obtained by the Hill.
The messages were posted by Google user FBInCIAnNSATerroristSlayer, and contain language parallel to that of the threat made against Schilling. Other messages included in the user’s profile include threats against FBI, CIA and NSA agents, as well as a $75,000 reward to assassinate Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.).
“We are aware of it,” Coffman’s spokesman, Joe Megyesy, told The Hill.
A spokesman for the FBI declined to comment on the investigations and any link between the threats. The Capitol Police did not immediately return a request for comment on the connection.
— This story was posted at 10:22 a.m. and updated at 3:53 p.m.