Lawmakers on Jan. 6 committee ramp up security as threats increase

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In the past 24 hours, there has been an increase in the number of violent threats against lawmakers on the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021, uprising at the United States Capitol, and all lawmakers from the committee are likely to receive a security detail, according to three people involved in the investigation.

The committee held its fourth hearing on Tuesday, which focused on efforts by former President Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 election results and the resulting political violence and harassment suffered by many of those who resisted.

On June 21, the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol presented a plan backed by President Trump to void the 2020 election. (Video: Adriana Usero/The Washington Post)

Over the weekend, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) revealed a letter to his wife that threatened to execute them and their 5-month-old baby. He warned that the political violence of January 6, 2021 was not an aberration but a consequence of his party’s repeated lies.

“There’s violence in the future, I’ll tell you that,” Kinzinger said on ABC’s “This Week.” “And until we know how to tell people the truth, we can’t expect anything else.”

Committee Vice Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) Has been flanked by a security detail since last year and has been unable to stage large, high-profile campaign events, in part to security reasons, according to aides.

At Trump’s second impeachment trial, held shortly after the uprising, security details were provided to the nine impeachers.

“For security reasons, the USCP does not discuss potential security measures for members,” a United States Capitol Police spokesperson said in a statement.

Tuesday’s hearing featured some of the most moving testimony to date, including appearances by mother and daughter Georgia election workers Ruby Freeman and Wandrea ArShaye “Shaye” Moss, who described the consequences of being targeted by the former president and his allies.

“It turned my life upside down,” Moss said. “I don’t want anyone to know my name. I don’t want to go anywhere with my mom because she might be screaming my name in the grocery aisle or something. I don’t go grocery shopping at all. I haven’t been anywhere at all. …I question everything I do. It affected my life in a major way – in every way. All because of lies, for me to do my job, the same thing I’ve been doing forever.

The remaining audiences will likely focus even more on the culture of right-wing political violence. Representatives Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) and Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) are set to co-lead a hearing that explores the path of extremism that prompted insurgents to attack the Capitol on January 6, 2021 .

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