E-Mails Threaten Rep. Gowdy for Looking Into Benghazi; Capitol Police Investigate

Matt Vespa
By Matt Vespa | May 8, 2014 | 10:28 AM EDT

Last month, a series of emails showed an effort made by the White House to protect the president from the Benghazi fallout two years ago.  As a result, the issue was thrust back into the spotlight.  A Select House Committee on Benghazi was formed, with Speaker John Boehner tapping  Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) to lead the effort in finding the truth. But, it seems, not everyone is so eager for Gowdy to get to the bottom of things.

Threats have been hurled at Rep. Gowdy, which has prompted an investigation by Capitol Police (via Politico):

The U.S. Capitol Police are investigating threatening emails against Rep. Trey Gowdy, the South Carolina Republican recently tapped to lead a special panel probing the Benghazi terrorist attacks.

The investigation comes after POLITICO reporters and journalists at other outlets received two emails on Tuesday warning that Gowdy would be harmed because of his role in investigating the 2012 attacks.

The Capitol Police would not comment on the scope of the investigation but Officer Shennell Antrobus confirmed that there is 'an active, open investigation.'

Since former Rep. Gabby Giffords' assassination attempt in 2011, death threats against sitting members of Congress are closely followed by Capitol Police.

And, this isn't the first time Rep. Gowdy has faced a dangerous situation.  In 2012, a woman threatened the congressman with a gun while he was waiting to pick up his daughter from church.

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