(WASHINGTON) — Vice President Kamala Harris was inside the Democratic National Committee headquarters on Jan. 6, 2021, when a pipe bomb was found outside the building, a White House official confirmed to ABC News.
She was then evacuated.
The news was first reported by Politico.
Capitol Police began investigating the pipe bomb on Jan. 6, 2021 at 1:07 p.m., according to an official Capitol Police timeline of events Politico reports it obtained, and Secret Service evacuated a “protectee” at approximately 1:14 p.m, seven minutes later. Sources confirmed to Politico that Harris was the “protectee” who was referred to in the timeline.
“On that day I was not only vice president elect, I was also a United States Senator. And I was here at the Capitol that morning, at a classified hearing with fellow members of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Hours later, the gates of the Capitol were breached,” Harris said in remarks Thursday morning. “I had left, but my thoughts immediately turned, not only to my colleagues, but to my staff, who had been forced to seek refuge in our office, converting filing cabinets into barricades.”
Both the DNC pipe bomb and another placed outside the Republican National Committee were discovered after the vote counting had started — at 1p.m.
It’s still a mystery to federal officials who planted them.
The FBI has done over 900 interviews on the case alone, they have collected 39,000 video files and 400 tips regarding the identity of the suspect. The FBI and ATF are offering a reward of $100,000.
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