January 11, 2021

Cortez Masto, Rosen Urge Investigation of Dangerous Statement from Chairman of the Nye County Republican Central Committee

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) sent a letter requesting that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) initiate an investigation into an open letter written by the Chairman of the Nye County Republican Central Committee and shared on the organization’s website. The Senators expressed concerns that the rhetoric expressed in the Chairman’s letter may incite violence and insurrection against elected leaders.

“As you can see, the letter, published January 8, 2021, denies basic facts about the 2020 election and falsely claims that President Trump – not President-elect Biden – will be inaugurated on January 20th,” the Senators wrote. “The letter goes on to claim without evidence that there is a plot involving Vice President Mike Pence to overthrow President Trump, and refers readers to Lin Wood’s posts on Parler, where Mr. Wood recently called for Vice President Pence’s execution. The letter describes being in a ‘battle for our republic’ and ends by saying that ‘It’s 1776 all over again!’”

The Senators concluded, “In light of the events of January 6, 2021 that have resulted in the death of six people, including two U.S. Capitol Police officers, we are urging that the threats described in this letter be taken seriously.”

The full text of the letter can be found here.