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Federal officials investigating Bundy supporters for threats against Sen. Reid

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks during a stop of the 'Give America a Raise' bus tour at the U.S. Capitol Building
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks during a stop of the 'Give America a Raise' bus tour at the U.S. Capitol Building
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Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy became a household name after refusing to pay $1 million in back fees to the federal government over grazing his cattle on public land and racist comments that were later caught on video. Now his armed supporters are under investigation for allegedly threatening Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).

While some in the right-wing media have quieted their support since the release of the video, other people have been even more supportive. One man who hasn't been too happy with Bundy is Sen. Harry Reid. Reid hasn't held back when it comes to what is going on in his state and actually referred to armed Bundy supporters has "domestic terrorists." Following the racist video release, Reid labeled Bundy a "hateful racist."

According to a report by Politico, federal law enforcement officials are now investigating threats that were made against Sen. Reid.

"Shennell Antrobus, a spokesman for the U.S. Capitol Police, declined to comment on the number of security personnel assigned to Reid or the nature of the threats against the Democratic leader. But he confirmed that the police are investigating 'threatening statements' made against the majority leader."

In addition to the threats made against Sen. Reid, there are even more worries that the armed Bundy supporters are causing even more trouble, creating "check points" for people to prove they live in the area. Federal law enforcement officials are now investigating armed Cliven Bundy supporters over threats made to Sen. Harry Reid.

In adddtion to the threats made against Sen. Reid, armed militia groups are now setting up "check points" in the state for individuals “to prove they live in the area before being allowed to pass.”

"Rep. Steven Horsford — a freshman Nevada Democrat whose district spans the region outside of Las Vegas where Bundy is battling the BLM — expressed serious concerns Sunday that out-of-state 'armed militia groups' were exerting undue influence and scaring residents in Bunkerville, Nev., and the surrounding areas, about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

In a Sunday letter to Clark County Sheriff Douglas Gillespie, Horsford alleged that armed groups have created checkpoints requiring individuals 'to prove they live in the area before being allowed to pass' and have established “a persistent presence” around highways, local schools and churches."

Cliven Bundy made headlines when the Nevada rancher was outed by the Bureau of Land Management for not paying mandatory grazing fees on federally owned land for 20 years. Federal officials decided to finally move in on Bundy and confiscate his 500 cattle. With over 300 supporters, many armed, standing by Bundy, the small group of federal officials decided that back fines and cattle wouldn't be worth a potential shootout and backed down. The right-wing media hailed Bundy as a hero even though he hasn't paid fees that other ranchers do. Once the New York Times released the video of a racist rant made by Cliven Bundy, many pulled their support.