Threats made against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) are being investigated by federal law enforcement, Politico reported Monday, citing “people familiar with the matter.”
Politico’s sources said that threats were made against Reid following his numerous criticisms of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his backers, who he described as “domestic terrorists.” Reid’s security detail has been increased as a result, the report said.
“We are currently looking into threatening statements made against Sen. Reid as part of an ongoing investigation,” a U.S. Capitol Police spokesperson told the news outlet.
Reid has been one of Bundy’s most outspoken critics after the rancher became a conservative hero for facing off with the federal government over grazing fees. In addition to the “domestic terrorists” comment, he called Bundy “a hateful racist” after the rancher’s views about black people became public.
Reid has also been the subject of conspiracy theories because of his relationship with a top Bureau of Land Management official. The agency was at the forefront of the Bundy Ranch dispute.