The U.S. FBI and police are investigating a suspicious package containing white powder that was delivered to the home of Republican Senator Rand Paul on Monday. This is reported by Politico with reference to the words of a senior adviser to Senator Sergio Gore.
It is reported that a large envelope arrived at the senator's house, which was then examined for the presence of dangerous substances. The sender is unknown.
вЂњI take these threats very seriously... I find it reprehensible that Twitter allows C-list celebrities (those whom everyone recognizes when they see their faces on the screen, but no one remembers their names) to encourage violence against me and my family, вЂњ Paul wrote on Twitter, commenting on the event.
According to the senator, this weekend, the previously popular singer-songwriter Richard Marx called for violence against Paul, and soon a suspicious package was received. Marx wrote the following: вЂњI'll say it again: if I ever meet Rand Paul's neighbor, I'm going to hug him and buy him as many drinks as he can drink.вЂќ
According to the publication, this message is a reference to the story when Paul broke his ribs after his neighbor, Rene Boucher, attacked him in 2017.
It is also worth noting that on Monday, Fox News reported that on the outside of the envelope was a photo of a bandaged Paul with a gun pointed at his head, and a quote: вЂњI'll finish what your neighbor started, you ...вЂќ
What happened earlier
Detractors repeatedly sent packages containing unknown substances to well-known politicians, which in some cases could pose a threat to health and life. For example, in 2020, US law enforcement agencies intercepted a package addressed to then-President Donald Trump that contained the deadly poison ricin.
Earlier, in 2018, two such mailings arrived at the US Department of Defense. The packages arrived at a sorting center located outside the Pentagon. The mail was intended for the chief of the Pentagon, James Mattis, and the head of naval operations of the US Navy, Admiral John Richardson. Later, a former soldier from the city of Logan in the US state of Utah, William Clyde Allen, was arrested for sending these letters.