Rep. Gutiérrez on Arrest of Suspect Who Sent Mail Bombs and Made Threats This Year Against the Congressman on Social Media
Washington, DC – The following is a statement by Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL), reacting to news stories that he was threatened on Twitter by the suspect arrested today in Florida. Screen shots today of a social media account attributed to the suspect indicate that the Congressman was the target of several tweets on September 14, 2018 and some were quite threatening to the Congressman and his family. Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez is the Dean of the Illinois delegation and a thirteen-term Member of Congress from Chicago. He is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and the Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
I am thankful for the brave men and women of the FBI, the US Postal Service and all of the national and local law enforcement that played a role in making an arrest in this case. This underscores why it is so important to support law enforcement who protect us and protect our democratic system.
I am used to death threats and they are not going to stop me or slow me down in anyway. When my home was firebombed in 1984, I rushed my wife out and carried my daughter out of our home before it burned to the ground. My wife and I were scared but never deterred. That crime was never solved, so I am pleased that the current string of mail bombs appear to be moving towards a resolution.
Because we are not sure that all of the devices have been identified and neutralized, my staff and my family are continuing to take every possible precaution to protect ourselves.
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The account has apparently been suspended, but these screenshots were taken earlier today from