“After a thorough investigation, the incident was cleared” around 10 a.m., Malecki said.
Original post at 8:30 a.m.
Officials said a suspicious package has been reported on Capitol Hill, and some streets in the area are closed.
U.S. Capitol Police closed First Street, between Constitution and Independence avenues, in front of the Supreme Court building. Part of East Capitol Street NE is also closed between First and Third streets. Just before 9 a.m., officials expanded the closures to include part of Second Street between Constitution Avenue NE and Independence Avenue SE.
It’s not clear how long the closures will last.
There are long lines Tuesday morning outside the Supreme Court, which is taking on one of its most consequential issues of the term in considering whether federal discrimination laws protect gay and transgender workers. Demonstrators were moved from the front of the Supreme Court building as streets were closed.
Kathleen Arberg, a spokeswoman for the Supreme Court, said the building is open and that it’s “business as usual.” She said people are using the side entrance of the building because the plaza entrance was closed as police investigated the suspicious-package report.
A U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman did not respond to a request for additional details about the incident.