Jan 6 committee member Elaine Luria gets Norfolk security details


Norfolk Sheriff’s Office deputies provided Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.) with a security detail this summer as she sits on the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. United States, the sheriff said outside a town in Norfolk. Council vote to authorize payments to MPs on Tuesday.

The security is linked to his work on the January 6 committee, a Luria spokesperson confirmed; The Washington Post reported in June that all committee members were likely to receive their own security briefings as they faced an increase in violent threats against them and their family members.

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On Tuesday, the Norfolk City Council voted to accept up to $68,000 from the United States Capitol Police that the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office will use to pay deputies for security support for Luria when she is in Norfolk, where she lives. Sheriff Joseph Baron said the money will be used in part to pay off-duty deputies for the 24-hour security support they already provided Luria on the days she was in the area earlier this summer. while the rest will be available for future use when needed. .

A spokesperson for Luria declined to discuss further details of the security arrangement, citing security concerns, but said Luria had received threats throughout his tenure on the January 6 committee. . She and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) were in the national spotlight as they co-led the committee’s prime-time hearing in July, during which they blamed the Jan. 6 violence squarely. about former President Donald Trump. shoulders.

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Because of her work on the committee, “she and her family have faced threats of violence as people continue to perpetuate dangerous election lies and conspiracy theories,” spokesperson Jayce said. Genco, in a press release. is wrong, and it is unfortunate that standing up for the truth in America today means putting your health and safety and that of your family at risk.

A United States Capitol Police spokesperson said that “for security reasons, the USCP does not discuss potential security measures for members.”

Other members of the committee investigating the insurgency have been open about the threats they received as hearings resumed this summer. Kinzinger, for his part, released a three-minute audio compilation of vitriol and threats called into his office, including from a caller who threatened his wife and newborn child.

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Threats against lawmakers in general have risen sharply in recent years, according to data from the US Capitol Police. As The Post reported last week, there were 9,625 threats against lawmakers in 2021, down from 3,939 in 2017 and nearly 2,000 in the first three months of 2022 alone. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) detailed a chilling experience to the Post last week, after a gunman repeatedly walked past her Seattle home yelling vulgarities at her and her husband.

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