Capitol Police say threats to Congress up 93 percent

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) – The acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police says there has been a more than 93 percent increase in the number of threats received by members of Congress in the first two months of this year compared with the same period last year.

Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman testified Wednesday before a House subcommittee. Pittman said there has also been more than a 118% increase in total threats from 2017 to 2020. Pittman said the majority of the suspects behind those threats lived outside Washington, D.C.

Pittman’s testimony comes nearly two months after thousands of pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol as Congress was voting to certify Joe Biden’s presidential win.

Five people, including a Capitol Police officer, died as a result of the violence.

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