Following the shocking shooting in Arizona on January 9th, U.S. lawmakers have been told by law enforcement and intelligence officials that are looking out for any kind of “copycat” attacks on additional lawmakers.
Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Peter King has requested a formal report on the Saturday’s events, and is looking to discuss short and long-term safety concerns of all lawmakers and government officials.
Among questions King wants answered are, “Is this part of a larger movement? Is there any evidence he [the assailant] was motivated by organizational structure?”
While FBI Director Robert Mueller said there seems to be no link between the shooter (Jared Loughner) and any extremist or violent organization, Republicans canceled all votes for the week, including the vote to repeal the health care bill, to allow lawmakers to stay in their districts in they wished.
“Given this tragedy, all logical precautions are in place to best ensure the safety of other public officials,” Mueller said, “but there is no information at this time to suggest any specific threat remains.”
When the warnings went out, the FBI was working with customs and border patrol, immigration enforcement, and the Transportation Security Administration.