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For the first time since federal officials announced a man was arrested, accused of making credible threats against Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, the Congresswoman spoke to KHON2 about the ordeal.
“There has thankfully been no disruption to my work and this service that I do my best to provide here in Hawaii and as well as D.C.,” Gabbard said.
On Wednesday, federal authorities arrested Aniruddha Sherbow in Tijuana, Mexico. Sherbow is accused of sending emails threatening to behead the Congresswoman.
Federal officials stepped in to help.
“They are doing their jobs in an outstanding way bringing about some closure to what has been a situation that has gone on for a few years,” Gabbard said.
For the past couple of months, Gabbard has been under the watchful eye of an experienced team of security experts from the U.S. Capitol Police.
“We have taken precautions to make sure that I have been able to continue my work and again, it’s our law enforcement doing their job that has enabled me to be able to continue to do mine,” Gabbard said.
The mission of Capitol Police is to, “protect and secure Congress so it can fulfill its constitutional responsibilities in a safe and open environment.”
Many of the Capitol Police officers with Gabbard also traveled with and stood by Sen. Daniel Inouye while he was president pro tem.
“I knew them back then and it’s great to be able to work with them here, but also once they leave I will go back to Washington and get back to work there,” Gabbard said.
“Do they make you feel safer?” KHON2 asked.
“Yeah,” Gabbard said.
Gabbard will remain in Hawaii for another week.
As for Sherbow, he remains in custody and is now facing prosecution.
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