The U.S. Capitol Police announced Wednesday that they would be opening branch offices in California and Florida in response to what they believe to be increasing threats to members of Congress since the Jan. 6 Capitol Rising.
In a statement released Tuesday, Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said she expected more offices to open in the "near future". She added that the purpose of the offices will be to "investigate threats to Congressmen."
The statement went on to say, “The new USCP field offices will be located in the Tampa and San Francisco areas. Right now, Florida and California are where most of our potential threats reside. "
JUST IN: Capitol Police opens field offices to investigate threats to Congressmen https://t.co/3rgLPT5r4M pic.twitter.com/5VY6kQxaGZ
– The Hill (@thehill) July 6, 2021
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Some members step up security on their own
According to a report by Forbes, Capitol Hill Police say threats to members of Congress have increased 107% compared to 2020.
While California and Florida have been chosen as the sight of regional offices for their large congressional delegations, other members have become quite security conscious and have spent campaign money on additional security measures.
Anti-Trump Republicans seem to be the most uncomfortable. Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) has spent nearly $ 70,000 so far this year. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) has been hooked to a private security firm for approximately $ 44,000.
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Over in the house, the members have also increased security. MP Liz Cheney (R-WY), an outspoken critic of former President Donald Trump, has spent around $ 50,000 on three former intelligence agents in addition to private security.
Then there are those who are increasing their own security and, ironically, have called for the police to be relieved.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has spent tens of thousands of dollars on added security, as has Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA).
And in one of the most impressive displays of hypocrisy, MP Cori Bush (D-MO) has also spent thousands on security while actively calling for the police to be disappointed.
The U.S. Capitol Police had told lawmakers in February that the barbed wire fence should remain in place through at least September due to ongoing security concerns related to threats against members of Congress, according to a source familiar with the plans.
– Mycrazylife (@ Mycrazy64212091) July 7, 2021
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Is the Trump base a threat?
Several other factors may play a role in USCP regional office opening.
Former President Donald Trump has been very vocal about being instrumental in both mid-term elections in 2022, and there is much speculation that he will run for president again in 2024. The USCP likes to believe this excitement about the possibilities of these things could cause problems.
An event is slated to be held in Tallahassee on Saturday that may be on the nerves of the USCP. What is called "Free Our Patriots Rally: Release the 1/6 Prisoners".
An online flyer for the event describes the occasion for the event to "demand the release of all patriots held as political prisoners by the corrupt federal government in relation to January 6th".
The flyer goes on to say that it will be held in the state capital in Tallahassee and that it will be organized for the Senate by Team Luis Miguel. Miguel is a Republican aiming to challenge Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) in 2022.
The Capitol Police opens offices in the states and becomes an intelligence agency like the FBI and the NSA. This is a nightmare scenario that bourgeois libertarians of all stripes should oppose.https: //t.co/5WDmecwk8z
– Robby Soave (@robbysoave) July 8, 2021
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In addition to opening regional offices, the USCP is increasing the staffing of its Dignitary Protection Department and has stepped up coordination with local law enforcement to protect members of Congress when they are in their home districts.
Conservative politicians are often popular targets. The house of MP Nancy Mace (R-SC) was ravaged over Memorial Day weekend. Profanity and antifa symbols were sprayed on the sidewalk and front steps of their home.
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) was also targeted when a suspicious package containing a white powdery substance was sent home to him.
The package also contained a picture of an injured and bandaged Senator Paul with a gun to his head and the sentence: "I will finish what your neighbor instigated you, mother -".
Speaking of the attacks on them, MP Mace said: “Conservatives are being targeted. We cannot continue on this path. It's un-American and unsafe, and we could do better. "
The unleashing of a newly empowered law enforcement and "intelligence" agency that is now spreading to other states and commanded by Congress was made possible by one tactic: arming and exaggerating the events of the 6th pic.twitter.com/pKJs2uBiUY
– Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) July 8, 2021
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