Pipe Bomb Threat Pushed Kamala Harris Out of DNC Before Insurrection

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The persons responsible for planting pipe bombs that resulted in then VP-elect Kamala Harris being removed from DNC headquarters on Jan. 6, 2021 remains at large. 

Vice President Kamala Harris was evacuated from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters on Jan. 6, 2021—the day a Trump-supporting mob stormed the U.S. Capitol Building—because a pipe bomb had been discovered outside the premises, Politico reported

Following the discovery, the DNC headquarters were evacuated, and another pipe bomb was located and removed from the Republican National Committee (RNC) offices. 

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Capitol Police began investigating the pipe bomb report just after 1 p.m. EST that day and about seven minutes later an anonymous “protectee,” who is said to be Harris, was reportedly removed by Secret Service. The bomb threat was finally defused around 4:36 p.m. EST. 

The Associated Press reported the pipe bombs were discovered just moments before thousands of rioters rushed the Capitol and had actually been placed the night before. 

It was unclear if the devices were linked to the attacks or part of the riot preparation, as both the DNC and RNC buildings are within a few blocks of the Capitol. 

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“On that day, I was not only vice president-elect, I was also a United States senator. I was here at the Capitol that morning, at a classified hearing with fellow members of the Senate Intelligence Committee,” Vice President Harris recalled of the attacks, per The Hill. “Hours later, the gates of the Capitol were breached.” 

Harris reportedly used the DNC offices for non-government business and also to prepare for her Jan. 20, 2021 inauguration, when she officially transitioned from U.S. Senator to vice president. 

The devices “were viable and could have been detonated, resulting in serious injury or death,” the FBI’s Washington Field Office disclosed on the one-year anniversary of the attacks. 

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A reward of up to $100,000 is still being offered for information leading to the arrest, conviction and location of the person or people responsible for the bombs. 

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