A letter from Sen. Tom Cotton was sent to an individual asking them to cease and desist communication with the congressman, Cotton's spokesperson Caroline Tabler tells Sinclair Broadcast Group. The Arkansas Times disputes this and says more than one letter was sent.
Ozark Indivisible first revealed this letter's existence on Twitter. The Arkansas Times reports the organization has continually pressed members of Congress in Arkansas, including Cotton, to address issues such as health care and immigration.
The letter from Cotton's office states the following:
"This letter is immediate notification that all communication must cease and desist immediately with all offices of U.S. Senator Tom Cotton. All other contact will be deemed harassment and will be reported to the United States Capitol Police."
Circa News asked Tabler for comment regarding the letters. The Senator's communications director stated, "if an employee of Senator Cotton receives repeated communications that are harassing and vulgar....our policy is to notify the U.S. Capitol Police's Threat Assessment Section and, in accordance with their guidance, send a cease and desist letter."
One person who received a letter told The Arkansas Times that he believes Cotton doesn't want to address anyone with a differing view from himself.
"I think they just honestly don't want to listen to any citizen's opposing view or hear the numerous grave concerns U.S. citizens have about the serious & ongoing attack on our Democracy," a person who received the letter told a contributor to the online publication. "They don't want U.S. citizens to call and speak their mind and truth in a very direct manner and they obviously don't want to be held accountable for their words and actions while serving all the people in this nation."
A counselor for Cotton responded to criticism the Senator has received by recounting the time someone spoke to one of Cotton's interns with foul language and threatened her physically.
"Letter went out in October. To one constituent, who called one of our 19 year old interns a c*** and threatened her physically," John Noonan said in a Twitter post.
Noonan later updated his defense of Cotton to say that there were no threats made to the intern. In his tweet, Noonan said that the tone was threatening.
update: tone was threatening, no threats made. But c-word invoked.— John Noonan (@noonanjo) January 18, 2018
Here is the full statement released by Cotton's communication director:
"Senator Cotton is always happy to hear from Arkansans and encourages everyone to contact his offices to express their thoughts, concerns, and opinions. In order to maintain a safe work environment, if an employee of Senator Cotton receives repeated communications that are harassing and vulgar, or any communication that contains a threat, our policy is to notify the U.S. Capitol Police’s Threat Assessment Section and, in accordance with their guidance, send a cease and desist letter to the individual making the harassing or threatening communication. These letters are rare and only used under extreme circumstances."