Vice President Kamala Harris got here inside yards of a pipe bomb during final year’s US Capitol riot – and was contained in the Democratic National Committee constructing for about two hours earlier than the machine was found, in accordance with a brand new report.
Several sources told CNN that Harris drove only a brief distance away from the explosive, which was mendacity subsequent to a bench outdoors the DNC on Jan. 6, 2021.
Her motorcade pulled into the headquarters storage about 11:30 a.m. and stopped on the parking deck near the place the bomb was later found, in accordance with the community.
It has beforehand been reported that Harris was contained in the DNC headquarters when the machine was discovered outdoors, however the CNN report sheds new mild on how shut she obtained to it and the way lengthy she remained on the website earlier than being evacuated.
The explosive was first investigated by Capitol Police at 1:07 p.m. that day, in accordance with a timeline of occasions obtained by Politico, and 7 minutes later the Secret Service evacuated then-Sen. Harris from the constructing.
According to an inside Capitol Police timeline, an unnamed “protectee” was eliminated at about 1:14 p.m. — seven minutes after regulation enforcement started investigating the bomb, CNN reported.
A pipe bomb additionally had been positioned outdoors the Republican National Committee headquarters. Both had been reportedly neutralized by authorities later that afternoon.
Investigators believed the would-be terrorist left the units the evening earlier than a mob of then-President Donald Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol constructing in an try and overturn the 2020 presidential election.
In September, the FBI launched surveillance footage of a suspect sitting on a bench outdoors DNC’s headquarters on the evening of Jan. 5.
A regulation enforcement supply advised CNN that the US Secret Service had swept the inside of the constructing, the driveway, parking deck and entrances and exits earlier than Harris’ arrival.
The supply mentioned she was evacuated utilizing an alternate route away from the machine.
“In order to maintain operational security, the Secret Service does not discuss protective means and methods,” a Secret Service spokesman advised the community in a press release.
The White House declined to remark to CNN and the veep’s office referred the outlet to the Secret Service.