Police investigate threats against Sen. Reid
April 28th, 2014
07:15 PM ET
5 months ago

Police investigate threats against Sen. Reid

(CNN) - Capitol Police in Washington said they are investigating threatening statements made against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Police would not provide additional information other than to say it's an ongoing investigation.

A spokesman for the Nevada Democrat declined to comment.

Reid, who has a permanent security detail, is a sharp-elbowed politician who is outspoken on many topics and often clashes openly with conservatives on issues from Obamacare to budget matters.

But a congressional source said the threats started after Reid made sharply critical comments about supporters of controversial Nevada ranger Cliven Bundy, at one point calling them "domestic terrorists."

Bundy was locked in a high-profile and protracted land dispute with the federal government.

Last week, he drew widespread scorn for making racially insensitive comments.


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soundoff (90 Responses)
  1. MRMANHATTEN

    If you don't agree with the liberal/progressive view you are definitely an American Taliban!

    April 29, 2014 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    Ah, yes. American anti-America "patriots". Hiding behind their anonymity with threats, innuendo, and intimidation. Utterly childish behavior.

    Thank you Sarah Palin for bringing out the best in America. Thank you MSM for allowing folks such as Sarah Palin the freedom to do what they do best: rabble rouse the tin foil hat crowd.

    April 29, 2014 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  3. Malory Archer

    Nimrode

    Well Reid has our absolute disregard for his statements, views, beliefs,our absolute scorn for his politics...and we are the voters..

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    However, your hatred for Senator Reid doesn't give you the right to make threats, so don't be surprised that the Feds start investigating you when you cross that line.

    April 29, 2014 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  4. Malory Archer

    Name. willard

    Too bad for harry reid

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    No, "too bad" for the individuals making threats. They're looking at some serious charges, as they should.

    April 29, 2014 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  5. Malory Archer

    Logictox

    Harry Reid should do jail time for his crimes against the American people.

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    What "crimes"?

    April 29, 2014 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  6. TONE

    hkirwin

    Harry Reid is the face and poster boy of the left. He is what American politics have evolved into.

    So what do you want American politics to evolved into, the Gop version of democracy? which is supress voting rights, racism, and lawlessness

    April 29, 2014 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  7. Malory Archer

    Namebadtobone

    Now he thinks the rancher are out to get him after he and his son took there money

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    Yeah, except the crowd using federal interstate highways as "blinds" from which to aim their assault weapons at federal and local law enforcement officers aren't ranchers. They're a bunch of anarchists and criminals, many of whom, who, if law enforcement on the ground had run background checks could have been taken into custody on outstanding warrants.

    The ranchers side with the BLM and are paying THEIR fees, and they'd prefer to maintain the status quo because they know that if a private individual purchased that land they'd be paying 20-30 times as much per head to graze.

    April 29, 2014 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  8. Malory Archer

    They're a bunch of anarchists and criminals, many of whom, who, if law enforcement on the ground had run background checks.....

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    That should have been "if law enforcement had checked IDs..."

    April 29, 2014 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    The hypocrisy of the right wing has no bounds. It's anything goes. A group of armed men point loaded rifles at U.S. government employees in defense of a man who has threatened to shoot those employees if they show up at his ranch, and the right wing hails those armed men as patriots and heroes. In the past, such people have always been regarded as criminals. Not only was Sen. Reid correct in callng them domestic terrorists, and I found his chioice of words to be kind.

    April 29, 2014 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Dutch
    Agreed. These yahoos are nothing but domestic terrorists.
    I've been wondering, since hearing the mental farts of the likes of Palin and Santorum, where's an incoming drone when you really need one.

    April 29, 2014 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  11. Gurgyl

    Republican garbage is worst than Taliban, Al Queda.

    April 29, 2014 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  12. Gunderson

    No! Say it isn't so! Somebody is mad at Harry Reid! Harry stands on the Senate Floor and makes illicit remarks about Mitt Romney not paying his taxes and calls people like Clive Bundy domestic terrorists and expects no criticism? Sorry Harry, everybody gets criticized. It is the great american pastime.
    Harry is mad because he can't stick his hands in Mitt's pockets and steal more money. Get used to it Harry. You want something you will have to earn it.

    April 29, 2014 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    I guess some Koch Industries employees got their marching orders.

    April 29, 2014 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    I've been criticized for saying this, but I'll repeat it anyway because the words have been prophetic. Here goes There's a growing element in America that wants eliminate government and return to socio-economic times of life on the open range in the Old West of the late 1800s. The "open range" means the times before there were formal states, and the only government was the U.S. government, which was far, far away on the east coast. The rule of law was the rules that you made, enforced, and defended for yourself. I don't think they want to go ride around on horses and carriages, but I do think that they do not want any government above them at all: not federal, not state, and perhaps not even local government.

    April 29, 2014 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  15. tonedeaf

    People, first off it has not been determined WHO made the threat against Reid. For all anybody knows, it could be one in Reid's own circle. There is much more for ALL AMERICANS to be concerned about Reid, and that concern, should cross party lines.

    April 29, 2014 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  16. Orphic

    Hope they find each traitor and give him or her the max. Bundy and the lawless mooching racist sedition squad deserve to see American justice in full personally.

    Thieving traitor.

    April 29, 2014 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  17. Lizzie

    Accusations fly, no proof, just spout something,( he has done it before) maybe it's his own office to deflects from his shortcomings.

    April 29, 2014 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  18. Chris-E...al

    Term limits would be nice for all of them they are all drunk on power . And we are bad cops .

    April 29, 2014 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  19. Tom l

    Not condoning it but you can't just insult a group of people, not listen to their grievances, lord over them like you don't have to answer to them and not expect a reaction.

    April 29, 2014 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  20. tom l

    I've been criticized for saying this, but I'll repeat it anyway because the words have been prophetic. Here goes There's a growing element in America that wants eliminate government and return to socio-economic times of life on the open range in the Old West of the late 1800s. The "open range" means the times before there were formal states, and the only government was the U.S. government, which was far, far away on the east coast. The rule of law was the rules that you made, enforced, and defended for yourself. I don't think they want to go ride around on horses and carriages, but I do think that they do not want any government above them at all: not federal, not state, and perhaps not even local government.
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    Congrats for completely misrepresenting and mischaracterizing the over influence of govt on every aspect of our lives now. The problem is that govt is too involved and people like you think it's a good thing while people like me think it's a bad thing. We are not anarchists and it's typical of you to portray it that way. You always seem to think you know what it's in a conservative's mind yet you take no time to understand why they feel the way they do or what motivates them. You put your own opinions on others and think you are so insightful yet you haven't a clue nor an understanding whatsoever of the other side so that's why you mischaracterize everything and also come up with your own set of facts. Take time to understand what they're saying and maybe you won't think these people are evil. Again, they are not anarchists. There is a certain level of acceptable govt and what we have today just isn't acceptable. It's far over reaching and it needs to be pulled back.

    April 29, 2014 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  21. Malory Archer

    John

    When Bundy is taken into custody for this even libs need to worry.

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    Why? I'm not breaking the law, and I'm up to date on my taxes.

    April 29, 2014 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  22. Malory Archer

    MRMANHATTEN

    If you choose to live outside the law and threaten those with whom you disagree or to whom you owe $$$, you are definitely an American Taliban!

    FIFY

    April 29, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  23. Malory Archer

    April 29, 2014 09:32 am at 9:32 am |

    Rudy NYC

    I've been criticized for saying this, but I'll repeat it anyway because the words have been prophetic. Here goes There's a growing element in America that wants eliminate government and return to socio-economic times of life on the open range in the Old West of the late 1800s. The "open range" means the times before there were formal states, and the only government was the U.S. government, which was far, far away on the east coast. The rule of law was the rules that you made, enforced, and defended for yourself. I don't think they want to go ride around on horses and carriages, but I do think that they do not want any government above them at all: not federal, not state, and perhaps not even local government.

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    Yeah, and they REALLY need to rethink that because there's a heckuva lot more of us now than there were in the 1800s, and the potential for lawlessness under such a scenario would make Somalia & Sierra Leone look like Disney World.

    April 29, 2014 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Tom l

    Not condoning it but you can't just insult a group of people, not listen to their grievances, lord over them like you don't have to answer to them and not expect a reaction.
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    Sure, you can. Conservatives do it all the time. Romney lambasting the 47%. Ryan blaming "takers" for the weak economy. And, those are supposed to be the top two Repubilcans in the entire party. Only terrorists, criminals, or complete wackos point loaded weapons at law enforcement officials. Bundy is indefensible, so please keep on trying. I find it enlightening. "Guess who's coming to dinner?"

    April 29, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  25. rs

    Ahhh, yes, the heavily armed, NRA-fuelled "patriots" are out threatening duly elected politicians in thee name of the Republicans' new hero, the deadbeat rancher who doesn't believe in the federal government (he's a Posse Comitatus thug who only believes in the "authority" of County Sheriffs).

    Republicans are playing with starting another Waco or an OKC bombing. What will we do to them then?

    April 29, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
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