Authorities believe the same individual sent an enigmatic letter and mysterious white powder to former President Donald Trump and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as well.
According to ABC News, which cited unnamed officials, “Republican lawmakers in Kansas and across the country who received them are being targeted by a mysterious individual using the moniker ‘your secret despiser'”
The report said that “since Friday, about 100 letters have been received by Kansas GOP lawmakers and Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach, who is also a Republican, officials said.”
ABC News added:
Similar letters containing a cryptic note and a “suspicious powdery substance” were addressed to former President Donald Trump, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and other high-profile individuals, according to sources. However, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service intercepted them before they could be delivered.
According to the sources, postal inspectors are in possession of the letters and have considered them harmless. The FBI and U.S. Secret Service are currently monitoring the situation.
“There is some message. The message is somewhat unclear, but it was intended to be threatening,” Republican state Sen. Molly Baumgardner, who also received one of the letters, told ABC affiliate KMBC in Kansas City, Mo.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are endeavoring to determine who sent the letters and why.
“Kansas legislators that are Republican are being targeted,” Baumgardner told the media.
She added that the letter sent to her contained the suspicious powder and said, “It is important not to choke on your ambition.” She added that the note said referred to the contents as a “gift” and the sender referred to themself as “your secret despirer,” which derives from the word “despise.”
“Everybody has to be concerned,” Baumgardner told KMBC. “Everyone has to take this and any subsequent threats like this very seriously.”
Small samples of the substance were sent to a laboratory for analysis.
“Preliminary tests have returned from this lab indicating the substance is presumptively negative for common biological agents of concern,” the Kansas Bureau of Investigation said in a statement over the weekend.
“[The] Kansas Highway Patrol alerted director of Legislative Administrative Services Tom Day Friday that the letters or packages of three or four other lawmakers had been submitted for further investigation. Day told legislators the letters had return addresses in Topeka and Kansas City,” the Kansas City Star reported over the weekend.
The publication stated further:
Rep. Samantha Poetter Parshall, a Republican from Paola, reported that she was the sixth or seventh individual to receive a letter from Day. While checking the mail with her seven-year-old son, she uncovered the message.
The local address on the envelope led her to believe it was secure to open.
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