White House press room evacuated during briefing

Secret Service stand outside the White House Briefing Room following an evacuation of the press in Washington, DC, on June 9, 2015 (AFP Photo/Saul Loeb)
The White House press room was briefly evacuated and a Secret Service sniffer dog deployed Tuesday delaying a scheduled briefing.
Journalists, including an AFP reporter, were escorted out as a security sweep was performed.
Outside the executive mansion, the north lawn area was also evacuated as staff and journalists were moved to a neighboring building.
No reason was given for the evacuation, and the reporters were allowed to return to the Brady Briefing Room after the all-clear was given.
Live television footage of the briefing was not immediately halted, and viewers could see a dog handler inspecting the rows of seats.
Later, the camera shots were obscured by material being placed over the lenses.
Earlier, part of a Senate office building on Capitol Hill had also been also evacuated due to a telephoned bomb threat.
Police with dogs investigated a suspicious package but no threat was found and the all-clear was given.

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