Capitol Police spokesman Shennell Antrobus declined to comment, while Gainer said that Curtis’ release didn’t change the fact that members, staffers and visitors of Capitol Hill have been safe all along.
“Our Capitol community should be aware that all mail is being screened, as it was when our mail technicians intercepted the first letter before it ever reach[ed] the Senator,” Gainer wrote in an email to CQ Roll Call. “They should not feel at risk, we have their backs.”
The Curtis news also coincided with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid telling reporters on Tuesday that potential ricin was discovered in the Washington, D.C., area at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Later Tuesday, Lt. Col. Thomas F. Veale, a DIA spokesman, said that the base may have had a false alarm, noting that no suspicious packages or envelopes were found in a search of the facility.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., carries a musket on stage as he speaks during the American Conservative Union's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., on Thursday March 6, 2014.