A threatening letter, allegedly contaminated with ricin by the writer, was sent to Bangor, Maine, the residence of Senator Susan Collins, Monday morning, Annie Clark, the Senator's communications director, said.
Bangor police responded to the incident at 1:39 pm. to investigate the suspicious letter, officials said at a press conference on Monday.
The letter was received by Collins husband Tom Dafron after Clark.
"Currently, we have no information suggesting that the public is in any danger," said Sgt. Wade Betters of Bangor Police.
The local fire department and a HAZMAT team from Orono were called in to help with the investigation, Sgt. Better stated.
The Bangor police did not disclose the contents of the letter, but Clark said the author claimed to contaminate the letter with ricin in a series of tweets posted Monday night.
"The affected areas have now been cleared, and Senator Collins and Mr. Daffron will be able to stay at home tonight," Clark said as he noted, "Examining the letter and investigating its origins, keep going."
Senator Collins' husband, Tom Daffron, today received a threatening letter that, according to the writer, was contaminated with ricin, a very dangerous substance used in an earlier attack on the United States Senate. (1)
– Annieclark25 October 16, 2018
Collins has received criticism of her decision to vote on October 6 for the affirmation of Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh at the Supreme Court. The Senator was widely regarded as one of the key voices in the ratification process, and her support of Kavanaugh resulted in her becoming the target of numerous protests.
"He [Kavanaugh] was a model civil servant, judge, teacher, trainer, husband and father," Collins wrote on October 5 in a statement announcing her decision to vote for the newly appointed Bar Association that she hoped Kavanaugh would "reduce divisions in the Supreme Court."
The police did not reveal the motive of the writer who sent the suspicious letter to Collins's house.
"We are very grateful for the immediate and professional assistance we received from the Bangor Police Department, the Maine Crime Lab, the Maine State Police, the Capitol Police, the FBI, the Orono Hazmat Unit, and the Bangor Fire Department , the US Army and the US Postal Inspection Service, "said Sen. Collins in a statement released on Monday night. "We feel blessed to live in such a supportive community."