Chaffetz: Prosecutors Aren't Dealing With Threats Against Members of Congress
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) said that prosecutors are not diligent enough in addressing cases where a member of Congress is threatened.
Democratic official Phil Montag was ousted from his role on Thursday after audio was leaked of him saying he was glad Congressman Steve Scalise got shot by a Bernie Sanders supporter.
" I wish he was dead," Montag is heard saying.
"I worry that prosecutors are not prosecuting these cases, law enforcement is not looking at them as deeply as they need to be," Chafftez remarked.
"The members that serve in Congress and the Senate, we're human beings too," the former chairman of the House Oversight Committee said.
"That person is such an outlier. I'm glad he's being called out," Chaffetz said, adding that he thinks Montag needs psychiatric help.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was transferred from intensive care Thursday after he was shot in the hip at a congressional baseball practice by a gunman who injured four others.
The incident sparked a national debate about the effects of violent political rhetoric on actions.