NRCC campaign prank leads to suspicious package investigation

NRCC campaign prank leads to suspicious package investigation
© Greg Nash

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 SpanbergerThe Hill's Campaign Report: DOJ, intel to be major issues in 2020 Human Rights Campaign rolls out congressional endorsements on Equality Act anniversary The 14 Democrats who broke with their party on coronavirus relief vote 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 AmashThe Hill's Campaign Report: DOJ, intel to be major issues in 2020 Amash decides against Libertarian campaign for president The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - In reversal, Trump says he won't disband coronavirus task force 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 anti-reg push likely to end up in court Biden set to make risky economic argument against Trump Hillicon Valley: Tech companies lead way on WFH forever | States and counties plead for cybersecurity assistance | Trump weighing anti-conservative bias panel MORE's efforts on a phone call to persuade Ukraine's president to open an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden set to make risky economic argument against Trump Hillicon Valley: Tech companies lead way on WFH forever | States and counties plead for cybersecurity assistance | Trump weighing anti-conservative bias panel What does Joe Biden believe about NASA, space exploration and commercial space? MORE, a front-runner for the Democratic nomination, is a partisan attack on the president and an attempt to overturn the 2016 election.