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 SpanbergerVulnerable Democrats tell Pelosi COVID-19 compromise 'essential' Trump asked Chamber of Commerce to reconsider Democratic endorsements: report Virginians wait up to four hours to cast early voting ballots 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 AmashInternal Democratic poll shows tight race in contest to replace Amash Centrist Democrats 'strongly considering' discharge petition on GOP PPP bill On The Trail: How Nancy Pelosi could improbably become president 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 TrumpSteele Dossier sub-source was subject of FBI counterintelligence probe Pelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Trump 'no longer angry' at Romney because of Supreme Court stance MORE's efforts on a phone call to persuade Ukraine's president to open an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Hillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns Fox News poll: Biden ahead of Trump in Nevada, Pennsylvania and Ohio MORE, a front-runner for the Democratic nomination, is a partisan attack on the president and an attempt to overturn the 2016 election.