A package containing white powder was mailed to the Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg who has an ongoing investigation against former President Donald Trump.
The powder was deemed as “non-hazardous,” according to a New York Police Department (NYPD) spokesperson.
The powder appeared in an envelope delivered through the United States Postal Service on March 23, the spokesperson said. It was found in the mailroom at 80 Centre Street where Bragg has an office.
Police responded to the scene around 12:00 p.m., and no injuries or illnesses have been reported, the spokesperson told The Epoch Times.
The substance has been transported to a Department of Environmental Protection lab for further assessment, the spokesperson added. The package’s origin and the specific material makeup of the powder is not currently known.
The spokesperson declined to confirm media reports that the package contained a note with a death threat.
The district attorney’s office told The Epoch Times the package “was immediately contained and that the NYPD Emergency Service Unit and the NYC Department of Environmental Protection determined there was no dangerous substance.”
Bragg’s office has been investigating Trump in connection with a hush money payment to adult entertainment actress Stormy Daniels, who claims she had an affair with Trump, who denies this.
Trump last week suggested that he could face an imminent indictment in the case, igniting outrage from his supporters. Trump has denied any wrongdoing in the case, and has repeatedly condemned the investigation as a partisan “witch hunt.”
House Republicans have demanded testimony from Bragg and Mark Pomerantz, the former Manhattan special assistant district attorney who had led the case.
In response to the House Judiciary Republicans, Bragg on March 23 said that Trump had “created a false expectation that he would be arrested,” which he argued doesn’t form a “legitimate basis for congressional inquiry.”
In the wake of Trump’s post suggesting an imminent arrest, Bragg told staff in an internal email that “we do not tolerate attempts to intimidate our office or threaten the rule of law in New York.”
“Our law enforcement partners will ensure that any specific or credible threats against the office will be fully investigated and that the proper safeguards are in place so all 1,600 of us have a secure work environment,” he wrote.
Dozens of Trump supporters gathered outside New York County Criminal Court for a demonstration on Wednesday, branding the probe a “politicized prosecution.”
From The Epoch Times