Rep. Pramila Jayapal benefited from extra security after voting against protecting SCOTUS judges: report
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Rep. Pramila Jayapal was given 24-hour security in connection with a harassment incident in July, shortly after the Democratic congresswoman voted against similar protection for Supreme Court justices.
Brett Forsell, 49, was arrested on July 9 for allegedly threatening to kill Rep. Jayapal. The Seattle man, who now faces felony harassment charges, reportedly yelled obscenities and drove past her home repeatedly.
Video from the King County District Attorney’s Office, which Jason Rantz provided to Fox Digital, shows the arrest.
Jayapal reported the incident, which happened in Washington state, to the US Capitol Police. According to the Jason Rantz Show, it’s unclear who exactly arranged the security, but it was done by a third party instead of the Seattle Police Department.
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Jayapal told Rantz that the security detail was present for approximately three weeks.
“Largely because he [Forsell] he lives six blocks away from me, so the threat assessment level is high based on his weapon and his location,” Jayapal explained. “It may continue depending on the ongoing threat assessment.” .
In June, Jayapal was one of several Democrats who voted against a measure to protect Supreme Court justices who faced threats after Roe v. Wade.
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The Supreme Court Police Parity Act of 2022 granted the Supreme Court Marshal and the Supreme Court Police to protect judges and their immediate families when deemed necessary.
The bill had passed the House on a vote of 396-27 and passed unanimously in the Senate.
Fox News Digital was unable to locate Jayapal’s explanation for voting against the bill, but the Washington congresswoman has regularly called the Supreme Court “extremist” and “radical.”
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“This extremist Supreme Court is a direct threat to me, my loved ones and millions across the country,” Jayapal wrote on Twitter on July 15. “We need a balance now. Expand the Court.”