Donald Trump’s son, Eric Trump, received a suspicious letter in the mail last night that prompted an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the New York City Police Department (NYPD).
While the NYPD confirmed that there was an investigation, they would not say whom the letter was sent to—however, a source at the Trump Organization told ABC News that the letter was sent to Trump’s 32-year-old son.
A little after 7:00 p.m. last night, Lara Trump, Eric’s wife, opened a letter in the kitchen and a strange white powder spilled onto the floor. The letter read, “If you father does not drop out of the race, the next envelope won't be a fake.” It was signed “X.” The envelope was postmarked in Massachusetts.
The NYPD said in a statement that, “At approximately 7:15 p.m., the NYPD responded to a residential building at 100 Central Park South to investigate a report of a suspicious letter received by a tenant. The letter has been removed and is being examined by law enforcement authorities. No injuries have been reported in connection with this incident.”
Although not stated directly, that is the building that Eric and his wife Lara live in. They also said that the envelope was opened “by a 33-year-old female”—Lara is 33.
The Secret Service said that their protection only extends to Donald Trump, so Eric is out of luck there.
Initial tests suggest that the powder was harmless, but that doesn’t mean that the case isn’t being taken seriously.
ABC News reports that “The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force in New York is leading the investigation into the letter, and is working with the Secret Service, the Postal Inspector and the NYPD.”
“The Trump campaign has been very visible, has been described by a number of people as being divisive, and just as we have seen strong actions by his supporters, law enforcement would expect strong reactions from his detractors,” John Cohen, a former acting Homeland Security undersecretary and current ABC News consultant, said.
“Unfortunately, in the time we're living in, that could also mean the potential for acts of violence against the candidate and those associated with the candidate.”
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