NRCC campaign prank leads to suspicious package investigation

NRCC campaign prank leads to suspicious package investigation
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Capitol Hill police were called to investigate suspicious packages outside the offices of several House Democrats on Thursday after staffers for the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) delivered "moving boxes" to several lawmakers.

NRCC spokesman Bob Salera confirmed to The Hill that their staffers had placed the boxes at the offices of Reps. Abigail SpanbergerAbigail Davis SpanbergerHouse Democrats launch effort to register minority voters in key districts House passes bills to gain upper hand in race to 5G The biggest political upsets of the decade MORE (D-Va.), Conor Lamb (D-Pa.) and others, and said in a statement: “We know House Democrats love investigations, but why are they looking a gift horse in the mouth? These moving boxes will come in handy next November when they’re booted from office for impeaching the president.”

Reporters indicated on Twitter that Capitol Hill police questioned two NRCC staffers on Capitol Hill about the incident, as the boxes were marked "The NRCC" in the sender's field.

Capitol Police would not comment on whether any staffers had been questioned, and told The Hill "the incident has been cleared" in a statement.

Republicans have hammered House Democrats over the impeachment inquiry into the president. A resolution, passed by House Democrats to move forward with impeachment proceedings Thursday, received zero Republican votes in its first full House vote, though former GOP Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashSanders co-chair: Greenwald charges could cause 'chilling effect on journalism across the world' Trump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Overnight Defense: Foreign policy takes center stage at Democratic debate | House delivers impeachment articles to Senate | Dems vow to force new vote on Trump's border wall MORE (I-Mich.) voted for the inquiry. The resolution will ensure that impeachment proceedings continue, now in public view.

Republicans argue that the inquiry, which centers around President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group MORE's efforts on a phone call to persuade Ukraine's president to open an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSchiff closes Democrats' impeachment arguments with emotional appeal to remove Trump Conservative reporter on Sanders: He's not a 'yes man' Democrats feel political momentum swinging to them on impeachment MORE, a front-runner for the Democratic nomination, is a partisan attack on the president and an attempt to overturn the 2016 election.