‘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. 
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Elahe Izad
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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