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FBI probes e-mail threat to Rep. Schilling

FBI probes e-mail threat to Rep. Schilling
U.S. Congressman Bobby Schilling Screen grab from Schilling.house.gov

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- An online threat made against Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-Ill., that offered $75,000 for his assassination is being investigated by the FBI and Capitol Police.

Schilling learned of the threat in an e-mail alert Tuesday, The Hill reported Thursday.

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After local law enforcement officials responded to Schilling's district home, they passed the matter on to the FBI and Capitol Police, Schilling spokesman Andrea Pivarunas said.

"After receiving a very concerning e-mail alert Tuesday evening, Rep. Schilling and his family are taking recommended precautions while the situation is investigated by relevant authorities," Pivarunas told The Hill in an e-mail message. "He is grateful for the professionalism of local law enforcement in responding to this situation."

News reports indicated the e-mail threat against Schilling read: "I will pay $75,000 for ASSASSINATING Illinois Congresswoman (sic) Bobby Schilling and any U.S. Congressman, U.S. Senator and FBI, CIA and NSA DIRECTORS and their FAMILY MEMBERS regardless of their age."

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