A suspicious package delivered to the home of U.S. Senator Rand Paul on Monday and reported to law enforcement had a powdery substance and a death threat, the powder was found to not be dangerous in preliminary analysis, authorities said.
“The person who found the letter called the local sheriff’s office. The USCP (United States Capitol Police) and FBI were also notified. An initial test determined the substance is not dangerous”, the Capitol Police said in an emailed statement on Tuesday.
The police said that the substance was taken to a lab for further testing.
“The package was removed and transported to the Bowling Green Fire Department for analysis. The preliminary analysis identified the substance as non-toxic”, Warren County Sheriff’s Office said in a separate statement.
“I take these threats immensely seriously. As a repeated target of violence, it is reprehensible that Twitter allows C-list celebrities to encourage violence against me and my family”, Paul said in a tweet on Monday.
The package which arrived at Paul’s home also contained a doctored image of the Republican who is seen heavily bandaged and walking with the aid of a crutch as a rifle appears aimed at his head.
‘I’ll finish what your neighbor started, you motherf**ker,’ the message on the package reads.
The Bowling Green Fire Department’s WMD team’s preliminary analysis identified the substance as non-toxic, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post.
I am sick of the hatred and vitriol from people who boast of their “empathy and compassion” in their bios. Rand will continue to stand up for our constitutionally protected liberties. He will keep questioning the “experts.” We won’t be intimidated. And yes, we have guns.— Kelley Paul (@KelleyAshbyPaul) May 25, 2021
This isn’t the first time the Senator has been targeted. Paul was assaulted by Rene Boucher, 60, in November 2017 while he was mowing his lawn outside the front of his home. He was tackled from behind and suffered six broken ribs in the attack – including three displaced fractures.