‘Suspicious Substance’ Investigated in Sen. Ron Wyden’s Office

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 25: U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) speaks while flanked by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) during a news conference on Capitol Hill September 25, 2013 in Washington, DC. The bipartisan group of Senators announced new legislation for comprehensive surveillance reform. 
National Journal
Elahe Izadi
Feb. 10, 2014, 12:14 p.m.

Po­lice in­vest­ig­ated a “sus­pi­cious sub­stance” in the of­fice of Sen. Ron Wyden early Monday even­ing. The ini­tial in­vest­ig­a­tion is now clear, and there are no fur­ther threats on the of­fice.

U.S. Cap­it­ol Po­lice cau­tioned Cap­it­ol Hill staff and oth­er per­son­nel to avoid the area in the Dirk­sen Sen­ate build­ing.

A speak­er sys­tem in­struc­ted those on the un­der­ground sub­way to avoid the area. Staffers were still on oth­er floors of the build­ing, but re­port­ers were cor­ralled at the end of a second floor hall­way.

A group of men ex­it­ing an el­ev­at­or said to a Cap­it­ol Po­lice of­ficer, “We have a meet­ing with Sen­at­or Wyden,” and were turned around. Re­port­ers were told by po­lice to be out of sight of the of­fice.

The Ore­gon Demo­crat spoke briefly at around 5:30 p.m., but he didn’t have much new in­form­a­tion. “All I can re­port to you is that our of­fice is fol­low­ing stand­ard pro­ced­ures,” Wyden said. “I just got off the plane from Ore­gon, lit­er­ally.” He ad­ded that “ob­vi­ously” his staffers’ safety is his first con­cern, and that he had no de­tails on the sub­stance. Wyden walked away from the site of his of­fice, where fire­fight­ers and oth­ers con­vened.

A Wyden spokes­man had no ad­di­tion­al in­form­a­tion about the in­vest­ig­a­tion, bey­ond staffers be­ing asked to re­main in the of­fice.

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