- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 22, 2016

White powder found Friday in an envelope received at Hillary Clinton’s office in New York City has been determined to be non-hazardous, according to officials.

The envelope was opened late Friday afternoon by a staffer at Mrs. Clinton’s office on 45th Street in Manhattan before being forwarded to to the Brooklyn headquarters of her Democratic presidential campaign, New York Police Department Lt. Thomas Antonetti told CNN.

It was not immediately clear why the standard-sized business envelope was sent over the East River after first being opened, but the discovery of its contents caused the 11th floor of the Brooklyn offices to be evacuated Friday before it was eventually determined the powder didn’t pose a threat.

“Preliminary testing by federal and local officials has found the substance to be non-hazardous. The four individuals involved have reported no health issues and, following a full examination by medical personnel, were each released to go home,” Clinton spokesperson Glen Caplin said in a statement.

“Our office remained open throughout this period and will remain open without interruption tomorrow morning,” he said late Friday.

The NYPD, U.S. Secret Service and the Office of Emergency Management are all involved investigating the matter, police told CNN.

Five people died and 17 others were injured when letters containing anthrax spores were sent to multiple news outlets and lawmakers a week after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, including offices in New York City.

No one was ever prosecuted in the 2001 anthrax attacks, but a federal researcher suspected of involvement in the attack committed suicide in 2008 after learning federal prosecutors were nearing an indictment.


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