The increase in threats against US lawmakers over the past two years has also extended to their family members, according to government officials, and the lack of government protection for family members has upset some members of Congress.
Security details for lawmakers, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, do not protect their family members, including spouses, while members of Congress do not, according to multiple sources. Some lawmakers have received additional security in their districts from police departments and private contractors.
After the attack on Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger told CNN that the threats against his family included killing his young son. But when he asked U.S. Capitol police to increase security, they told him to “get in line,” Kinzinger said.
Like other lawmakers, Kinzinger’s security does not protect his family when he is not with them, and the lack of support provided by the Capitol Police has meant that his campaign has to rely on any security.
Calls for violence to lawmakers online and elsewhere have named elected officials and their families, according to those familiar with the threat who told CNN that law enforcement agencies have been struggling with how to deal with these threats after the January 6. 2021, attack on the US Capitol.
In the following months the terrorist of Jan. 6, the Capitol Police and other law enforcement agencies worked to increase security for members of Congress while they are in Washington, DC, and back home.
Capitol Police declined to comment when asked Friday about the safety of lawmakers’ families.
A senior Capitol Hill aide tells CNN that Capitol Police are now evaluating additional security measures to protect the families of congressional leaders.
Government agencies are constantly warning of an increase in politically motivated violence after Jan. 6, raising real concerns that can lead to violence on the Internet leads to real violence.
According to the latest figures, the Capitol Police tracked nearly 9,600 threats in 2021 against the people and places the department is charged with protecting. It is unclear how many threats were made to family members.
Several lawmakers have asked for more protection from the US Capitol Police after threats against their families, but the agency lacks the funding and training to meet their demands, according to a source familiar with the matter.