Police investigate threats against Sen. Reid
April 28th, 2014
07:15 PM ET
8 years 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.

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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. mrmanhattan

    He's angered the American Taliban.

    April 29, 2014 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  2. John from Concord

    Someone should investigate Dirty Harry for terrorizing US taxpayers with his incompetent leadership.

    April 29, 2014 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  3. joel hudlow

    Lois Lerner should be waterboarding for trying to rig election finances in favor of democratic party.we need to know how far up this goes and prosecute accordingly.Harry Reid needs waterboarding to explain the money he and his rich family have acquired. During his political career.he needs to go to jail and his money should be forfeit.

    April 29, 2014 03:57 am at 3:57 am |
  4. Bernard

    people hate congress and obama they dont have to just tell them to act like adult not kids

    April 29, 2014 04:49 am at 4:49 am |
  5. rob

    Omg really? who whould threaten good old harry? im schocked.....

    April 29, 2014 04:59 am at 4:59 am |
  6. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    They hate you Senator Reid for the same reason they hate Hillary. You're not against President Obama. They hate him and anyone associated with him. You were right they're all domestic terrorists.

    April 29, 2014 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
  7. harry leg

    Another corrupt politician who long ago has forgotten why he was elected.

    April 29, 2014 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  8. croaton

    We should just make him a minority leader this fall.

    April 29, 2014 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  9. king

    here comes the domestic terrorist, a chapter from tim mcvay and the Oklahoma bombing. these are the same type of people conservatives are praising as patriots. i wonder if this blatant lawlessness was going on in the inner cities and suburbs, would fox news and right winged news and radio programs would have been egging on arm insurrection against law enforcement officers. i don't know if to fear alquaida or these lose bins running around with guns shouting kill government.

    April 29, 2014 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  10. Marie MD

    Those militia men and their front line womenfolk are something else. It's all about the guns hiding behind a bible they only read or use when it's convenient to their crazy causes and deeds.

    April 29, 2014 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  11. jerome

    Who is paying for his permanent security detail? Hopefully not the U.S. taxpayers, as he is way, way, way down in the Presidential line of succession.

    April 29, 2014 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  12. hkirwin

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

    April 29, 2014 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  13. @RI_Roger

    Poster boy for "foot in mouth disease".

    April 29, 2014 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  14. phillip

    Good. Americans that defend their freedom are not terrorists, those greedy pigs on the hill are. Swift change is needed and the talking has gone on long enough. The tree of liberty must be refreshed with the blood of tyrants and patriots. Long live America and her beautiful ideals, may the lake of fire consume those that wish to take the freedom of others.

    April 29, 2014 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  15. Dems in PA

    Well; that’s not hard to believe given the rants Harry Reid has made over the last few months; he really needs a psychiatric evaluation. If the average American citizen made the comments Harry Reid has been making they would be lead off to the rubber room.

    April 29, 2014 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  16. george

    Thats too bad Harry, do the country a favor shut up and please try to engage your brain once before you die.

    April 29, 2014 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I certainly hope that thsoe investigating are giving more than a cursory look at some of those "patriots" that stood behind their wives lest gunfire broke out and they should be hurt.

    April 29, 2014 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  18. inachu

    Reid has to do this or his retirement money will not amount to very much. Reid is so much more important as a single man VS a whole family dependent on their livelihood of selling cattle. After bundy more families are next. Reid has no soul.

    April 29, 2014 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  19. Rudy NYC

    I think Sen. Reid was being kind in his use of the phrase "domestic terrorists." They were defending a rogue citizen, and they pointed seemingly armed and loaded weapons at government employees. Could you imagine the outcry from the right wing had this happened in an urban context, and armed citizens in the area showed up by the dozens in a standoff with police? It would have like that shootout in Philadelpia some 30 years ago or so that torched an entire city block, leaving dozens of innocent families homeless and penniless.

    Bundy is a tax scofflaw, who has refused to pay the negligible fees that he is required for the land use. His competitors pay fees that ten times what Bundy is asked to pay. Suppose he was growing corn on federal lands, and selling it for a generous profit on the open market. Everyone else in his position pays a land use fee. Bundy used to pay it, but has refused to do so for at least the last 20 years.

    April 29, 2014 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  20. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    I wouldn't doubt if the threats are coming from those militias backing Bundy. Those aren't militias. They are terrorists and should be treated as such. They don't recognize the federal government therefore we shouldn't recognize them as Americans and they could be targeted for a drone strike.

    April 29, 2014 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  21. tru2americafirst

    Reid is 100% right. These cowboy yahoos are nothing more than free loading welfare rancher "bodyguards" waving rifles and an American flag the do not respect. Their terrorism of others who play by the rules our founding fathers envisioned for a better America have led too many to believe a wild west mentality where only those willing to shoot and kill for a wasted cause have "rights". They are all anti American thugs and nothing more. Living off government subsidy they claim they deserve while others who work 50 – 60 hrs a day must get food stamps to eat a decent mead. The only thing that makes them appear powerful is the stupid guns they wave around to threaten others. Makes them pretty ignorant welfare scabs in the eyes of more than they know. Losers. Harry is right1, agin!

    April 29, 2014 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  22. John

    When Bundy is taken into custody for this even libs need to worry. It is just a matter of time until they come for us. This is more like old Germany than America.

    April 29, 2014 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  23. Drew

    Lois Lerner should be waterboarding for trying to rig election finances in favor of democratic party.we need to know how far up this goes and prosecute accordingly.Harry Reid needs waterboarding to explain the money he and his rich family have acquired. During his political career.he needs to go to jail and his money should be forfeit.

    Thanks Sarah

    April 29, 2014 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  24. Dion

    Y r people still listening 2 Sarah Palin and y do they care what she has 2 say. She is a nobody riding that 15 mins of fame too too long like the Kardashians, whose only claim 2 fame is that there father was on O.J. Simpsons defense team.

    April 29, 2014 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  25. Malory Archer

    So he called those so-called "patriots" (I call them cowards since they ADMITTED their plan was to use women and children as human shields) terrorists, and they proved him right.

    April 29, 2014 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
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