U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner said Thursday that the FBI and the U.S. Capitol Police are investigating a beheading video that was sent to his wife amid last weekend’s vote confirming Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Someone also posted the names and addresses of the Colorado Republican’s family members as Kavanaugh’s nomination was approved.
Gardner was among the 50 senators who voted Saturday to send Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court following sexual misconduct allegations from three women, including one who lives in Boulder, leveled against the judge.
“It just sickens to me that my wife has received these threats,” Gardner told The Colorado Sun in an interview Thursday. “Whether somebody wants to throw political attacks at me for taking this stand, that’s fine. I hope they will realize that a bright line has been crossed when those attacks calls for violence, murder and people’s families with graphic, gruesome videos.”
“It’s got to stop,” he added.
Gardner said the case is in the hands of the FBI and Capitol Police. He also said others received similar threatening messages.
Fox News first reported the beheading video, which came in the form of a text message, that was sent to Gardner’s wife, Jaime. Since then, Gardner has been calling for civility in the wake of the Kavanaugh vote.
There have been unsubstantiated allegations on social media and beyond that Gardner fabricated the story about the beheading video being sent to his wife.
“I would never make up threats,” he told The Sun. “I would never make up threats against my family. I hope the people who believe that never tell that to my wife.”
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