Bomb Squad Responds After Explosive Device Is Found at Republican National Committee Headquarters


An explosive device was reportedly found at Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, the same day that nearby rioters breached the U.S. Capitol Building.

Citing three anonymous sources, The New York Times reported the device was “a pipe bomb that was successfully destroyed by a bomb squad, according to an official for the R.N.C.”

According to Harmeet Dhillon, an RNC committeewoman for California, two pipe bombs were found and detonated.

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The Times added that the nearby Democratic National Committee headquarters were evacuated after the discovery of a “suspicious package.”

Both buildings are located just a few blocks away from the U.S. Capitol, where a chaotic scene erupted as supporters of President Donald Trump gathered to protest the counting of the Electoral College vote.

Some rioters among the group breached the Capitol Building itself, stopping the vote count from proceeding and causing the complex to go into lockdown.

Capitol Police then escorted members of Congress to safety.

Vice President Mike Pence, who was overseeing the vote count, condemned the attack and promised lawbreakers will be prosecuted.

“The violence and destruction taking place at the US Capitol Must Stop and it Must Stop Now. Anyone involved must respect Law Enforcement officers and immediately leave the building,” Pence tweeted.

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Trump also sent out multiple tweets calling for the protesters to be peaceful and follow the orders of Capitol Police.

Further, in the late afternoon, the president released a video asking his supporters to “go home” peacefully.

“I know your pain. I know you’re hurt,” Trump said. “We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election and everyone knows it.”

“You have to go home now. We have to have peace,” he added. “We have to have law and order. We have to respect our great people in law and order. We don’t want anybody hurt.”

“This was a fraudulent election, but we can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. So go home. We love you,” Trump said.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
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