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Vials Of Blood Lead To Evacuation Of Republican Committee HQ

RNC Chairman Michael Whatley said the vials of blood were sent to the organization's headquarters, prompting a police lockdown of the building. In a statement, he called it a "revolting attack".
Blood vials lead to evacuation of RNC HQ
A screen grab from a social media post shows police vehicles outside the Republican National Committee HQ in Washington DC after two vials of blood was delivered to the building on Wednesday.

WASHINGTON: The delivery of  a suspicious package containing two vials of blood to the Republican National Committee’s headquarters in Washington on Wednesday morning led to a brief evacuation of the building.

Some reports said the package was addressed to former President Donald Trump.

RNC Chairman Michael Whatley said someone sent the vials of blood to the organization’s headquarters, prompting a police lockdown. In a statement, he called it a “revolting attack”.

The RNC is the parent organization of the Republican Party. It is playing a key role in the Trump’s campaign against President Joe Biden in the November 5 Presidential elections.

“No matter what violent tactics Biden’s extreme left supporters try next, we stand firm in our mission to deliver greater freedom and opportunity for all Americans, and we won’t back down, Whaley wrote.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called reports about the blood vials “concerning” during her regular briefing with reporters.

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The White House condemns “any political violence, threats or intimidation,”she said.

The United States Capitol Police’s hazardous incident response division cleared the package, which contained two vials of blood, just before 10 a.m., according to spokesperson Brianna Burch.

Authorities initially closed off one street and directed staff and other personnel to avoid the area, which is close to the U.S. Capitol building. By midmorning, employees were re-entering the offices, and police were leaving the scene.

“The source of the package and its contents will be further investigated,” U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement.


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