Capitol Police chief says threats against lawmakers increasing

Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund said Tuesday that threats against members of Congress are on pace to exceed those received in fiscal 2018.

During Sund's testimony before the House Administration Committee, Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.), who was present at an Alexandria, Va., baseball field when a gunman shot at several House Republicans and seriously wounded House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseLive updates on impeachment: Schiff fires warning at GOP over whistleblower Bottom Line Trump allies assail impeachment on process while House Democrats promise open hearings soon MORE (R-La.) in 2017, questioned Sund about the number of threats to members of Congress.

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“We continue to see the threat assessment cases that we’re opening continue to grow,” Sund told the committee. “For FY 2018, we had approximately 4,894 cases. So far for this year, we have 2,502 cases. So we’re on par to probably break last year’s.”

Sund’s testimony came two days after President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Official testifies that Bolton had 'one-on-one meeting' with Trump over Ukraine aid Louisiana governor wins re-election MORE sent a series of tweets telling four progressive nonwhite congresswomen to “go back” to other countries. All four are U.S. citizens and only one, Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOcasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field Krystal Ball: Billionaires panicking over Sanders candidacy Omar renews claim Stephen Miller is a 'white nationalist' amid calls for him to step down MORE (D-Minn.), was born outside the U.S.

Following the tweets, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie ThompsonBennie Gordon ThompsonTop House Democrats ask for review of DHS appointments Bipartisan bill to secure election tech advances to House floor Chad Wolf becomes acting DHS secretary MORE (D-Miss.) sent a letter to Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael Stenger, chairman of the Capitol Police Board, asking for an emergency meeting to examine the board’s approach to risk analysis for members at particularly high risk.

“On Sunday, July 14, 2019, President Trump used social media to directly attack four members of Congress,” Thompson wrote. “To date, Trump continues to use social media to vilify these four members.”

Omar discussed the threats she has received before and an upstate New York man was arrested earlier this year for allegedly threatening to assault and murder her.