Capitol Police cleared out Adam Schiff’s D.C. office on the second floor of the Rayburn House and briefly cordoned off the outer hallway Thursday morning after officials received reports of a “suspicious substance” there.
The investigation lasted about an hour and a half before officials allowed workers back in the area, with a Capitol Police spokeswoman announcing that investigators had “found no hazards.”
Still it’s no surprise that D.C. cops and other agencies are extra vigilant about the California congressman’s security. A convicted Arizona sex offender was recently indicted for allegedly threatening to kill Schiff, the lead manager in the impeachment trial, after watching Fox News. Schiff also told Los Angeles about death threats he’d been receiving in an interview last year.
Trump’s team has voiced its own vitriol. Just hours after the Senate acquitted Trump on Wednesday, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham demanded in a statement, “Will there be no retribution?” On Thursday she followed up by hinting that Trump would be seeking “payback” against those who opposed him.
Meanwhile, Schiff suggested he and fellow Dems could be looking for retribution of their own, when he told Rachel Maddow that former national security advisor John Bolton refused to sign an affidavit about his firsthand knowledge of the Ukraine scandal.
“After they voted to be the first impeachment trial in history without witnesses, we did approach John Bolton’s counsel, asked if Mr. Bolton would be willing to submit an affidavit under oath describing what he observed in terms of the president’s Ukraine misconduct, and he refused,” Schiff said.
“For whatever reason,” Schiff continued, “he apparently was willing to testify before the Senate, but apart from that, seems intent on saving it for his book. He’ll have to answer for that.”
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