A lawmaker from Venezuela’s ruling socialist party may have put out an order for the assassination of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), according to the Miami Herald.
The Herald reported that the death threat was detailed in a memo sent to several law enforcement agencies by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) last month.
Diosdado Cabello, a former Venezuelan military chief, is reportedly thought to be behind the memo, which detailed an “order to have Senator Rubio assassinated.”
“No specific information regarding an assassination attempt against Senator Rubio has been gathered thus far,” the memo, which was obtained by the Herald, added.
Cabello might have gone so far as to contact “unspecific Mexican nationals” as part of a plot to harm Rubio, according to the document.
The Herald reported that the memo was designated “law enforcement sensitive” but was not classified.
Some Twitter users on Monday voiced alarm over the reported threat against Rubio, a 2016 GOP presidential candidate.
Federal authorities reportedly could not be certain about the danger posed to Rubio but expanded his security detail in Miami and Washington, D.C., as a precaution.
Rubio was first spotted with additional protection on July 19, the same day he called Cabello “the Pablo Escobar of Venezuela” during a Senate hearing.
Cabello, who has long been suspected by U.S. officials of drug trafficking, then called Rubio “Narco Rubio” on Twitter last week.
The U.S. believes that Cabello, a former Venezuelan army lieutenant, controls all of Venezuela’s security forces.
Cabello is now a delegate Venezuela’s constituent assembly, where he serves as a representative of the ruling United Socialist Part of Venezuela.
Rubio is an outspoken critic of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his government’s handling of the South American nation.