Skip to main content
CNN.com /TRANSCRIPTS

CNN TV
EDITIONS





CNN LIVE EVENT/SPECIAL

Capitol Police Spokesman Holds Press Conference

Aired October 21, 2001 - 17:09   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.
MILES O'BRIEN, CNN ANCHOR: Lieutenant Dan Nichols, the U.S. Capitol Police, is addressing reporters, with the Capitol behind him, to given us some insights on the latest on the anthrax scare there.

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

LT. DAN NICHOLS, CAPITOL POLICE SPOKESMAN: ... the House and Senate leaders have determined that the United States Capitol will be open for legislative business tomorrow.

It's also important to note that based on this advice the House and Senate leaders have also declared that on Tuesday, the House and Senate will be in session and ready for legislative business. What this means, ladies and gentlemen, is that the legislative business of the nation continues.

And I'll be happy to answer any questions you have at this time.

OK; thank you very...

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE) the office buildings, how long it will be before they open it?

NICHOLS: No, the office buildings will be closed until we have definitive test results. They will be closed tomorrow.

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE) expected that some of them will be open (OFF-MIKE)

NICHOLS: No, I didn't say that. What I said was until we have definitive test results, we are taking this one day at time. As I said yesterday, this is going to be a very methodical process. And we'll advise you one day at a time what the decisions are and how we can open these buildings. But the announcement today pertains to tomorrow. And tomorrow the House and Senate office buildings will be closed.

More importantly though, beyond that, is that the Capitol will be open. The United States Capitol will be open tomorrow, and the House leaders and the Senate leaders have said that the nation's legislative business will continue. And the House and Senate will be in session on Tuesday.

QUESTION: Does the fact that the Capitol will be open tomorrow mean that all sweeps of this particular building are done, or is there still more to do?

NICHOLS: The decision -- as the statement says -- the decision to open the Capitol Building was based on advice of scientists and health care professionals.

OK, thank you very much. If we have a press conference tomorrow, I will give you all a call. Take care.

O'BRIEN: There you heard it, Lieutenant Dan Nichols, U.S. Capitol Police -- little bit of news there: While the offices will be closed tomorrow, the U.S. Capitol will, in fact, be open and on Tuesday a legislative session on both sides of the Congress will resume. Little bit of good news there.

TO ORDER A VIDEO OF THIS TRANSCRIPT, PLEASE CALL 800-CNN-NEWS OR USE OUR SECURE ONLINE ORDER FORM LOCATED AT www.fdch.com


 
 
 
 


 Search   

Back to the top