Senator Marco Rubio has had increased security with him lately, both i Washington and Miami, and now we may know why. The FBI took seriously a purported threat in the form of alleged kill order against the outspoken Republican, who is very influential on the topic of Venezuela with this administration.
From the Miami Herald:
Believed to be behind the order: Diosdado Cabello, the influential former military chief and lawmaker from the ruling socialist party who has publicly feuded with Rubio.
At a July 19 Senate hearing, the same day he was first spotted with more security, Rubio repeated his line that Cabello — who has long been suspected by U.S. authorities of drug trafficking — is “the Pablo Escobar of Venezuela.” A week ago on Twitter, Cabello dubbed the senator “Narco Rubio.”
The death threat was outlined in a memo to several law enforcement agencies disseminated last month by the Department of Homeland Security. The memo, designated “law enforcement sensitive” but not classified, was obtained by the Miami Herald.
The memo revealed an “order to have Senator Rubio assassinated,” though it also warned that “no specific information regarding an assassination plot against Senator Rubio has been garnered thus far” and that the U.S. had not been able to verify the threat. That Cabello has been a vocal Rubio critic in Venezuelan media was also noted, a sign federal authorities are well aware of the political bluster complicating the situation.
Um. Wow. Yeah I think taking that seriously is the right call. It is believed Cabello may have gone so far as to contact (or contract?) Venezuelan nationals here in the United States in connection with a plot assassinate Rubio.
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Be safe, Senator Rubio.