Capitol Police Probing Threatening Statements Against Harry Reid

Federal law enforcement officials are investigating threatening statements made in recent days against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Capitol Police spokeswoman said.

Lt. Kimberly Schneider, the USCP spokeswoman, declined to share information related to "our security posture" — the number of Capitol Police officers assigned to Reid's security detail. She did not specify the nature of the threats.

The investigation comes nearly two weeks after Reid, D-Nev., called controversial Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his supporters "domestic terrorists."

Bundy, who led an armed confrontation with federal rangers over a land dispute and was later praised as a patriot by some conservative commentators, drew condemnation last week for comments widely criticized as racist. In the wake of Bundy's remarks, Reid excoriated the rancher.

A spokesperson for Reid did not immediately return a call from NBC News requesting comment.

— Daniel Arkin

Image: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks with reporters following the weekly policy luncheon for Senate Democrats, April 8, 2014 in Washington. Win McNamee / Getty Images file