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.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.