Trey Gowdy threatened with harm; Capitol Police kick off ‘active, open investigation’

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Capitol Hill police are investigating emailed threats to Rep. Trey Gowdy, the South Carolina congressman tabbed to head a special panel to probe the White House’s response to the Benghazi terrorist attacks.

Politico reporters and journalists at other news outlets say they’ve received at least two emails that threaten harm to Mr. Gowdy due directly to his leading role on the panel. Capitol Police refused to comment on the actual threats, except to say that “an active, open investigation” has been launched, Politico reported.

Capitol Police investigators don’t take lightly any threat against a member of Congress, especially since 2011, when Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in Arizona. But they give special attention to death threats, Politico reported.

While it is unclear from the reports whether Mr. Gowdy’s life was threatened, it isn’t the first time he has faced potential danger from a constituent. In 2012, a woman wielding a gun approached Mr. Gowdy while he sat in his car in South Carolina, Politico reported.

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