WASHINGTON – Federal authorities announced on Tuesday that they had intercepted several packages suspected of containing ricin, a deadly substance, to President Trump and at least two leading Pentagon officials.
In a statement Tuesday night, the Secret Service said a "suspicious envelope" addressed to Mr. Trump was received Monday in a facility outside the White House.
"All threats directed at the president or any intelligence service are being seriously treated and fully investigated", the claim
The Secret Service did not state that the envelope contained ricin, but said agents "with our law enforcement partners would work together to thoroughly investigate this matter. "
Earlier Tuesday, the Pentagon quarantined its post after several packages of suspected ricin were found on Monday in a Pentagon mail facility. They were handed over to the F.BI. On Tuesday
Sarah White's White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders dismissed any questions about the suspicious envelope to the intelligence service, which said he "was neither received in the White House nor ever came to the White House."
A Defense Department official said the packages at the Pentagon Mail facility were addressed to Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Admiral John Richardson, the chief of naval operations. The officer was not authorized to discuss sensitive details of the ongoing investigation, and spoke about the state of anonymity.
A Pentagon spokesman, Colonel Rob Manning, said the postal delivery facility is located on the Pentagon, but not in the main building where the Defense Minister's offices are located
Colonel Manning said that the entire post office, who arrived on Monday at the screening facility, was quarantined.
Ricin, which is among the wastes generated in the production of castor oil known antidote
In 2011, four Georgia men were arrested and later sentenced to prison terms as they planned to poison in five at the same time American cities, focusing on federal and state civil servants. In the same year, American anti-terrorist officials said they were increasingly tracking down the possibility that Al Qaeda would use ricin in attacks against the United States.
Two years later, a Mississippi man sent letters with Ricin to President Barack Obama and a Republican senator attempting to rival one. The letters were intercepted in sorting facilities.
In 2014, Shannon Richardson, an actress, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for sending letters with Ricin to several people in May 2013, including Obama and Michael R. Bloomberg, the mayor of New York at the time.
Emily Cochrane contributed the report.