Tensions were running high in the nation’s capital this past weekend, with Fox News reporting that U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) officers blocked off a road due to concerns over a suspicious package.
Fox News cited an announcement from the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency as stating that a section of Independence Avenue stretching from Washington Avenue SW to First Street SE was shutdown at around 8 a.m.
Staff told to avoid area
Daily Mail reporter Katelyn Caralle later tweeted out another statement that read, “The USCP is continuing to investigate a Suspicious Package outside of the Rayburn House Office Building Lower Independence Avenue Door.”
The statement went on to stress that “[s]taff and other personnel are directed to AVOID THIS AREA until further notice.”
A third statement was released roughly an hour later which said USCP officers had “cleared the incident with the Suspicious Package outside “of the Rayburn House Office Building Lower Independence Avenue Door.”
It then concluded by saying, “The area has reopened and any associated road and barricade closures will clear momentarily.”
Sunday’s incident came less than a week after official events making the one year anniversary of a riot on Capitol Hill.
Biden denounces Capitol rioters but ignores deadly attack by black nationalist
During a speech given inside the Capitol Building’s Statutory Hall, President Biden lashed out at his predecessor, blaming him for the chaos which unfolded.
“For the first time in our history, a president had not just lost an election. He tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power as a violent mob reached the Capitol,” Fox News quoted Biden as saying.
Biden went on to characterize former President Donald Trump as someone who uses “a web of lies” and “sees his own interest as more important than America’s.”
“He has done what no president in the history of this country has ever done. He refused to accept results of an election and the will of the American people,” Biden declared.
However, the president did not mention that the Capitol’s most recent attack came not from Trump supporters but from a militant black nationalist. Fox News reported last April that Nation of Islam follower Noah Green launched an attack that left USCP Officer William Evans dead another person injured.