A package containing the poison ricin and addressed to President Trump was intercepted by authorities earlier this week.
The FBI and Secret Service are investigating.
A package containing the poison ricin and addressed to President Donald Trump was intercepted by law enforcement earlier this week, according to two law enforcement officials.
Two tests were done to confirm the presence of ricin. All mail for the White House is sorted and screened at an offsite facility before reaching the White House.
The FBI and Secret Service are investigating the matter.
Ricin is a highly toxic compound extracted from castor beans that has been used in terror plots. It can be used in powder, pellet, mist or acid form. If ingested, it causes nausea, vomiting and internal bleeding of the stomach and intestines, followed by failure of the liver, spleen and kidneys, and death by collapse of the circulatory system.
The package appeared to come from Canada, according to officials who spoke to The Wall Street Journal.
A package containing ricin was intercepted in the White House mail, a U.S. official familiar with the matter said. The package appeared to have come from Canada, and no suspects are yet in custody, the official said. https://t.co/1RnKuOQHLy
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