Capitol Police, FBI Investigate Threats to Akin

Congressman and family under fire after his rape comments
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 23, 2012 7:15 PM CDT
Todd Akin, Republican nominee for the Missouri U.S. Senate seat, speaks to reporters in this file photo.   (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Christian Gooden)

(Newser) – Capitol Police and the FBI are looking into threats made against Missouri Congressman Todd Akin—and his family—in the wake of his "legitimate rape" comments, reports KSDK-TV. A police spokesperson says there is "an active, open investigation," though she declined to give details, reports AP. An aide to the congressman confirms that multiple threats have come in via phone, email, and tweets.

The Missouri TV station has an unfortunate example, from a tweeter named Ambassador A: "I am going to legitimately rape your wife. ;) don't worry her body will defend her." The same tweeter told Akin to kill himself. (Read more Todd Akin stories.)

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