An envelope addressed to Donald Trump that comprised the toxin ricin was intercepted before it may hit the White House, a law enforcement official said on Saturday.
The correspondence was intercepted in a government center that displays email addressed to the White House and President Donald Trump, the official told the Associated Press. A preliminary evaluation indicated it tested positive for ricin, a toxin found naturally in castor beans, ” the official stated.
The official wasn’t authorized to talk about the continuing investigation openly and spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Federal researchers were working to ascertain in which the wrapped originated and that sent it.
In a statement, the FBI said representatives were working to research”a suspicious letter obtained in a US government email facility” and there is”no known danger to public security.”
A Navy veteran was detained in 2018 and confessed to sending envelopes to Trump and members of the government that contained the material from which ricin is derived.
Authorities said the man, William Clyde Allen III, delivered the envelopes with floor castor beans into the president, FBI Director Christopher Wray, Together with then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, then-CIA Director Gina Haspel, Adm. John Richardson, who at the time was the Navy’s top officer, along with then-Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson. The letters were intercepted, and nobody was hurt.
In 2014, a Mississippi man was sentenced to 25 years in prison after sending letters dusted with ricin into President Barack Obama and other officers.