Wellstone FOI Files Reveal Threats on Late Senator

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Eight years ago today, Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone died in a plane crash in northern Minnesota. Now, FBI records show the agency investigated several threats against the late senator but never prosecuted anyone for them.

Minnesota Public Radio citing files it obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. The files show the threats started shortly after the Minnesota Democrat’s arrival in Washington on the eve of the first Gulf War, which he vocally opposed.

The files also show the FBI first took interest in Wellstone in 1970 when he was arrested during a Vietnam War protest. And they show that an investigation of the plane crash that killed Wellstone, his wife Sheila and six others found no indication of criminal activity.

 

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