The DNC bomb threat was neutralized at 16:36, according to the timeline. Another pipe bomb discovered at the RNC was neutralized at 3:33 p.m. No suspects related to the bombs have been arrested to date.
the FBI has described both bombs were considered “viable” and said they “could have been detonated which could have resulted in serious injury or death”. Authorities say both bombs were placed by a single suspect the night before the Capitol attack. The RNC bomb was placed in an alley behind the building and the DNC bomb was placed near a park bench. The FBI recently released a new cry for help Search for the suspected pipe bomber who was videotaped near the DNC and RNC buildings.
Harris’ DNC evacuation on Jan. 6, when authorities responded to the bomb threat, was not previously reported. Occasionally, she used the party headquarters to conduct non-governmental business as a candidate for vice president and later before the inauguration on January 20, 2021 – a common practice for elected officials of both parties. Aides had previously refused to reveal their location during the attack for security reasons.
Harris alluded to her absence from the Capitol during the break when she made comments on television Thursday, despite cryptic expressing her location.
“I was gone, but my mind immediately turned to not only my colleagues, but also my co-workers who had to take refuge in our office and turned filing cabinets into barricades,” she said.
The discovery of the pipe bombs was a major contributor to the January 6th chaos. Senior law enforcement officials say it distracted large numbers of already outnumbered officials just as a mob of Donald Trump supporters broke through the barriers at the Capitol and prepared to push their way inside. More than 140 officials were injured in the mess and more than 725 members of the mob were arrested last year on charges ranging from assaulting the police, conspiracy to obscure Congress, and unlawful parades on the Capitol grounds.
Prior to Thursday’s anniversary, Harris had said little about her movements during the siege. In news reports shortly thereafter, she described that she was at the Capitol complex for an intelligence briefing that morning and then went to something previously planned. She did not return to the Capitol until the insurrection ended and the joint session of Congress resumed.
Uncertainty about Harris’ whereabouts when a mob broke through the Capitol has briefly surfaced in a handful of criminal cases related to the January 6 riot. The Justice Department had dozens of charges Harris mistakenly described being present at the Capitol during the attack and only recently discovered the flaw. The DOJ has since made numerous substitute indictments to correct the mistake.
Nicholas Wu contributed to this report.