FBI arrests man for threats to Pelosi on healthcare

17:49, April 08, 2010      

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A California man has been arrested for making threatening phone calls to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

A federal law enforcement official and Pelosi's office said on Wednesday that the man had been detained in connection with threats concerning the legislation overhaul of the healthcare system.

"There have been a number of threatening communications sent to members of Congress since the bill was passed. We take them seriously. You are going to see more people being arrested because of that," the official said.

However, the official declined to give further details because the case remained under seal in federal court in California.

On Capitol Hill, Pelosi's office said in a statement the FBI had arrested a suspect accused of making threatening phone calls to the lawmaker. "After an investigation into threats made against Speaker Pelosi, an arrest has been made in San Francisco," Pelosi's spokesman, Brendan Daly, said.

The California Democrat played an important role in pushing through the legislation backed by President Barack Obama to revamp the country's healthcare system.

Source: Xinhuanet


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