FBI Looking Into Multiple Mysterious Letters Sent To Idaho Senator Jim Risch

Feb 8, 2019

The FBI is looking into mysterious letters that were sent to three of Senator Risch's offices across the Gem State.
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The FBI continues to investigate mysterious letters sent to Senator Jim Risch’s offices throughout Idaho.

The mysterious items arrived in the mail this week at three of the senator’s offices across the state.

“The FBI along with our law enforcement partners responded to suspicious letters sent to addresses in Boise, Twin Falls and Pocatello,” says Sandra Barker.

Barker is a public affairs specialist for the FBI out of the bureau’s Salt Lake City office.

When authorities in Boise were contacted about the curious mailing, the fire department joined the FBI and the U.S. Postal Service in responding.

“I know that additional testing is being done at a lab, but preliminary testing is showing that there’s no threat to public safety,” Barker says.

The FBI spokeswoman was unaware of what substances authorities are testing the letters for.

The suspicious mailings sent to Risch come just a few months after a Florida man sent 16 packages containing homemade pipe bombs to politicians, activists and a news organization in October. The suspect in that case, Cesar Sayoc, mainly targeted prominent Democrats who criticized the president. Risch is a Republican and consistent champion of President Donald Trump.

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