Vials of Blood Found at RNC Shake Capitol Hill

( – U.S. Capitol Police are investigating after two vials of blood were found on May 22 at the Republican National Committee‘s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

According to police, the two sealed vials of blood and leaking ice packs were found in a package addressed to former President Donald Trump. The incident caused the building and surrounding area to be locked down until police removed the suspicious package. It is unclear if the package was sent through the mail or dropped off at the headquarters.

The Secret Service’s Washington Field Office is leading the investigation. In a statement, USSS Washington Field Office Special Agent in Charge Matthew Stohler said the “packaging and contents were collected for further testing.”

North Carolina Rep. Richard Hudson informed other lawmakers about the incident while they were in a closed-door meeting in the U.S. Capitol, located blocks away from the RNC headquarters. One Republican lawmaker responded to the incident, calling it “vile.”

In a statement, RNC Chair Michael Whatley said the organization is “unintimidated and undeterred” in ensuring former President Donald Trump wins reelection to the White House in November. He added that the RNC “won’t back down” from ensuring all Americans have “greater freedom and opportunity.” He thanked law enforcement for their quick response and for ensuring everyone was safe.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called the incident “concerning” during her daily briefing, and she added that political threats have “no place in our politics.”

A video of police around the building was posted on Twitter by Laura Loomer, who wrote that the RNC was “currently under LOCKDOWN with a Hazmat team on site.”

This is not the first time a suspicious package has been found at the RNC headquarters. On Jan. 6, 2021, a pipe bomb was discovered at the building, which the bomb squad destroyed, while another package was found at the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters on the same day.

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