Evie Fordham | Politics and Health Care Reporter
A Los Angeles postal facility was evacuated Wednesday to investigate a second “suspicious” package addressed to California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters.
The package found in Los Angeles is similar to packages discovered Wednesday that were addressed to figures like former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Explosives spokesperson Ginger Colbrun told CNN.
Members of ATFs Los Angeles Field Division and @LAPDHQ are responding to a suspicious package similar to todays investigations. The item was located by postal inspectors in South Central LA. pic.twitter.com/efvmgdEePL
— ATF HQ (@ATFHQ) October 25, 2018
Another package addressed to Waters caused Capitol Police to evacuate its offsite mail screening facility in Maryland Wednesday morning, reported Fox News.
“I have been informed by U.S. Capitol Police that my Washington, DC office was the target of a suspicious package that has been referred to the FBI,” Waters said in a statement after the first package was discovered, according to CNN. “I am appreciative of the law enforcement entities who intercepted the package and are investigating this matter. I unequivocally condemn any and all acts of violence and terror.”
Waters came under fire for aggressive rhetoric about Trump officials in June. (RELATED: Unidentified Device Sent To Gov. Andrew Cuomos Office Was A Letter And Flash Drive)
“If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. Tell them theyre not welcome any more, anywhere!” she said at a “Keep Families Together” rally on June 22.
Maxine Waters speaks onstage at Families Belong Together – Freedom for Immigrants March Los Angeles at Los Angeles City Hall on June 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Families Belong Together LA
High-profile figures including billionaire George Soros, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, ex-CIA Director John Brennan and Democratic Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz were also the intended recipients of suspicious packages this week.
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