The FBI in Oklahoma investigated threatening phone calls to the office of Rep. Dan Boren, D-Muskogee, in 2007, according to investigative files obtained by the New York Times.
The file does not identify the caller, who was questioned by phone by an FBI agent and “never confessed he made threatening calls.”
“Since the threatening phone calls of June 2007 (name redacted) has been in telephonic contact with Congressman Boren’s office. (Name redacted) is believed to have left rambling messages on the voicemail system of Congressman Boren’s office. However, these voicemails have not been of a threatening manner. Staffers at Congressman Boren’s office have interacted telephonically without incident since the June phone calls.
“(Name redacted) made a visit to Congressman Boren’s office in late 2007. This visit was brief and without incident. (Name redacted) is a transient individual and his current whereabouts are unknown. It is unlikely he would consent to additional interviews with the FBI given his previous behavior.
“It is doubtful (name redacted) can be prosecuted successfully without confessing and a statement of intent regarding his threats.
“For the above listed reasons, it is requested that this case be closed. In the event (name redacted) resumes threatening Congressman Boren’s staffers, the case will be reopened.”
The New York Times obtained hundreds of FBI files regarding threats to members of Congress from 2000 through 2009.
In an interview with the Oklahoman on Tuesday, Boren said someone had once called his office and fired a gun over the phone. He said that person turned out to live in another state.
In the wake of the shooting rampage in Tucson on Saturday, Boren said he planned to notify local law enforcement agencies about the 25 town hall meetings he plans to begin later this month.
The New York Times documents can be found here.
The report about Boren’s office starts on page 418 of the Times documents.