Vials of blood sent to RNC headquarters in Washington, prompting lockdown

Washington- The Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C., was placed on lockdown early Wednesday morning after two vials of blood were found in a suspicious package, U.S. Capitol Police confirmed.

The source of the blood is unclear and remains under investigation. Capitol Police, which took the lead in the response, confirmed that its Hazardous Incident Response Division reviewed the package and cleared it. Spokeswoman Brianna Burch said Capitol Police would further investigate the source of the package and its contents.

Later in the day, the RNC said in a statement that staffers had “returned to their duties because we are not intimidated or discouraged in our efforts to elect President Trump to the White House.”

The RNC has sought to link the incident to “the far left,” although police have not yet released information on a possible motive.

The party headquarters has been targeted in the past. On January 5, 2021, homemade bombs were found near the Republican Party and Democratic Party buildings in Washington. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris evacuated from DNC headquarters during this incident. No one has ever been arrested in connection with the bombs placed on the eve of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

The White House condemned the incident during Wednesday’s press briefing.

“The Capitol Police are investigating this matter, so I’ll leave it to them to investigate what’s going on,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. “It’s concerning. We’ve obviously seen the report. And we’re going to do what we’ve always done from there, which is to condemn any political violence, threats or intimidation that has no place in no community and certainly in our political discourse.”

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