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 SpanbergerClub for Growth extends advertising against House Dems over impeachment NRCC campaign prank leads to suspicious package investigation Overnight Health Care: Walden won't seek reelection | Senate Dems to vote this week to overturn Trump ObamaCare moves | Largest children's migrant shelter to close | Vulnerable Republicans balk at drug pricing bill 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 AmashTrump allies assail impeachment on process while House Democrats promise open hearings soon Hoyer: We are going to move as fast 'as the facts and truth dictate' on open hearings Conway spars with Wallace on whether White House will cooperate with impeachment inquiry after formal vote 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 TrumpFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Lindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Democrats sharpen their message on impeachment MORE's efforts on a phone call to persuade Ukraine's president to open an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Democrats sharpen their message on impeachment Biden: 'I'm more of a Democrat from my shoe sole to my ears' than anyone else running MORE, a front-runner for the Democratic nomination, is a partisan attack on the president and an attempt to overturn the 2016 election.