Fox News reports that U.S. Capitol Police are investigating a letter and a “suspicious substance” reportedly sent to Rep. Benny Thompson (D-MS).
Thompson serves as the chairman of the Jan. 6. Committee.
Officials reported the letter contained “concerning language” and that the “suspicious substance” (a powder) was not found inside the letter.
Capitol Police released a preliminary statement on the matter:
“This afternoon, Congressional staff inside the Rayburn House Office Building reported that they received a letter with concerning language. We just screened it and determined it not to have anything dangerous inside. The powder was not found inside.”
As a precautionary measure, employees in offices near Thompson’s in the Rayburn House Office Building were ordered to shelter in place.
For a time, six police officers were stationed outside Thompson’s door.
After a search, officials issued an all-clear, and work in the Rayburn House Office Building resumed later Tuesday afternoon.
Fox News noted that the “incident comes two days before Thompson is scheduled to preside over the 10th Jan. 6 Committee hearing.”
Some have suggested the letter and powder were sent to intimidate Thompson as the hearings are set to resume.
Capitol Police officials said: “Our investigators take all concerning statements and threats seriously. They are now working to determine who sent the letter and why.”
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