Rep. Markwayne Mullin target of death threats
BY SUSAN HYLTON World Staff Writer
Sunday, January 20, 2013
1/20/13 at 2:55 AM
WASHINGTON - Death threats have been made against 2nd District Congressman Markwayne Mullin, his wife and children, Mullin's chief of staff Karl Ahlgren said in a statement released Saturday.
Ahlgren said that local and federal authorities are investigating and consider the issue to be a "serious matter due to the content and nature of the threatening letters which were received."
Precautions have been taken to ensure the safety of Mullin's wife and three children, Ahlgren said.
Ahlgren said the office would make no further comment.
U.S. Capitol Police Officer Shenell Antrobus said Saturday that his department was working with the FBI and local law enforcement on the matter. He said he could not provide any other details, including the state of origin of the threats.
Mullin, a Republican, is three weeks into his first term in Washington. He was sworn into office Jan. 3. He has cast few votes since coming to Washington. He and fellow Oklahoma freshman Rep. Jim Bridenstine have been among a small minority of House members casting votes against aid to states affected by superstorm Sandy last year.
It was not known Saturday whether the threats were related at all to congressional business.
The threats come several months after a Skiatook man told police he wanted to kill then-U.S. Rep. John Sullivan, of Tulsa.
Skiatook police questioned Wayne Franklin Miles, 52, in July after he said he believed that he was being watched and shot at. He said "he would protect himself and would shoot (Sullivan)," police said.
Miles was arrested on Jan. 11 and remains in the Tulsa Jail.
Chris Casteel of The Oklahoman contributed to this report.
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Markwayne Mullin: Steps have been taken to protect the Mullin family as U.S. Capitol Police, the FBI and local law enforcement investigate the matter.