Secret Service notified Capitol Police on January 6, of threat directed at Pelosi
Aug 17, 2022, 3:24 PM | Updated: Aug 23, 2022, 11:11 am
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(CNN) — The US Secret Service, on the evening of January 6, 2021, notified the US Capitol Police that it had discovered an online threat — made days earlier — directed toward House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, according to an email notification obtained by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington through a public records request.
The social media posting from Dec. 31, 2020, included Pelosi among a list of “Enemies,” along with comments such as “January 6 starts #1776 all over again!!” and “Fight for EVERYTHING.” The list, which was posted by a Parler user, also included Joe Biden, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
On January 6, at 5:55 p.m. ET, the Secret Service shared the social media comment with the Capitol Police, writing: “Good afternoon, The US Secret Service is passing notification to the US Capitol Police regarding discovery of a social media threat directed toward Speaker Nancy Pelosi.”
It’s unclear when the post was discovered by Secret Service or if any other action was taken by the agency. Threats against Pelosi are common, and she is not a protectee of the Secret Service.
The Parler user had been on the Secret Service’s radar since at least January 4, 2021. That’s when the agency discovered a threatening post from that account towards then-President-Elect Biden, which said, “We CANNOT allow #Biden to enter the white house,” according to the email obtained by CREW.
The email goes on to note that additional research identified more “potentially threatening comments” on the same and related accounts, including the one towards Pelosi. Another comment by the Parler user on January 2 said: “Biden will die shortly after being elected. Patriot are gonna tear his head off. Prison is his best case scenario.”
At the time of the notification, the person who posted the comments was not identified due to a “lack of identifying information.” It’s unclear if their identity was later discovered.
CNN reached out to Secret Service for comment.
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