A House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing was briefly interrupted this morning after a bomb threat was referred to as in to a hearing room in the Rayburn Residence Office Constructing, authorities mentioned.
U.S. Capitol Police cleared the space right after a sweep by a K-9 unit. No hazardous components have been discovered, according to Capitol Police public data officer Lt. Kimberly Schneider.
When the threat came in, Rep. Ed Royce, R-California, referred to as a 15-minute recess for the hearing, which featured U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Energy, to enable Capitol Police to investigate, Royce said in a statement.
“Following an evacuation of the hearing room and adjoining Committee offices, the Capitol Police investigated the circumstance and determined that it was safe for the hearing to resume,” he mentioned.
Royce commended the police when the hearing resumed. “We appreciate function of the Capitol Police and appreciate their function guaranteeing the security of this hearing,” he mentioned.
The hearing was evacuated one week following a portion of the Dirksen Senate office developing and the White Home Press Briefing Area had been evacuated right after phoned in bomb threats.
An officer on the scene at Rayburn told ABC News the similar caller is suspected, although Capitol Police have not verified the identity of today’s caller at this stage of their investigation.