Republican politicians in Kansas have reported receiving letters containing a mystery white powder, raising concerns that they may be the target of a person going by the enigmatic name “your secret despirer,” according to both the authorities and the receivers of the letters.
Officials in Kansas said that since last Friday, the state’s Republican lawmakers and Republican Attorney General Kris Kobach have received around 100 letters.
Republican state senator Molly Baumgardner, who received one of the letters, said the message was intended to be threatening.
In the envelope sent to Baumgardner, she discovered a white powder and a written message that said, in part, “It is important not to choke on your ambition.”
According to the sources, postal inspectors intercepted the letters and determined they posed no health threat.
On Tuesday, the Kansas Bureau of Inquiry said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation would be directing the inquiry.
Nobody knows who is sending them or why, according to the investigation.
Investigators have gathered the letters and submitted a sample of the white substance they found inside to a laboratory for analysis.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation said over the weekend that tests returned from the lab indicate the substance is not a common harmful biological agent.
The sender used the address of a nearby church in an apparent attempt to trick the addressee into opening the envelope.
After a grand jury indicted former President Donald Trump on 34 counts of falsifying business records related to a hush money payment to Stormy Daniels, at least two white powder letters were sent to Manhattan, New York, District Attorney Alvin Bragg, a Democrat.
The powder in the letters sent to Bragg was deemed nonhazardous by the New York Police Department.
U.S. Postal Inspection Service officials reportedly stopped similar letters from reaching former President Donald Trump, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and other prominent figures.