Capitol Police: No Breach of Security with Koop Letter

Posted December 2, 2009 at 9:10am

Capitol Police officials said Wednesday that they have determined there was “no breach— of security when former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop had a letter hand-delivered to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) Capitol office.

The letter showed up in Reid’s outgoing mailbox on Nov. 4 in a hand-written, unstamped envelope. Staffers, who thought it looked suspicious, called Capitol Police and ignited a security scare that lasted for about an hour.

But on Wednesday, police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider confirmed in an e-mail that a staffer delivered the envelope for Koop. Staffers are allowed in the part of the Capitol where Reid’s office is located; visitors, however, are not.

“There was no breach,— she said, “and USCP has closed its investigation of this incident.—

After the Nov. 4 scare, Koop confirmed that he had typed up a letter for Reid over the weekend. In it, Koop argued that any health care reform plan should not force health care professionals to perform abortions. The resulting scare — where police cordoned off the surrounding area and opened his letter wearing protective suits — was “nonsense,— he said.