Authorities are investigating a suspicious letter sent Monday to the Bangor, Maine, home of Republican Sen. Susan Collins, who was one of the deciding votes on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
A photo taken shows a person in a hazmat suit putting what appears to be a letter in plastic bag.
Collins and her husband, Thomas Daffron, released a statement Monday night thanking a fleet of first responders and their neighbors.
‘We are very grateful for the immediate and professional assistance that we received from the Bangor Police Department, the Maine Crime Lab, the Maine State Police Department, the Capitol Police, the FBI, the Orono Hazmat Unit, the Bangor Fire Department, the U.S. Army, and the U.S. Postal Service,’ they said.
‘We are also truly appreciative of the many well wishes that we received today. Our friends and neighbors have been incredibly kind and have even offered to open their homes to us. We feel blessed to live in such a supportive community,’ the couple, who were married in 2012, added.
A person in a hazmat suit appears to be handling a letter that is enclosed in a plastic bag in Bangor, Maine, after a hazardous materials team was called Monday to investigate a suspicious letter sent to the home of Sen. Susan Collins
The suspicious letter was sent to the Bangor, Maine, home of Sen. Susan Collins, who supported President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee
Sen. Collins and her husband released a letter Monday night thanking first responders
The Bangor Police Department, Fire Department and local hazmat crew were on site, yellow police tape was wrapped around the property, and the street in front of her home was shut down.
Around 4:30 p.m., the FBI and a fleet of unmarked vans arrived and police wearing military uniforms stepped out, the
A staging area with tents was erected on the street near Collins’ home.
‘At this time, preliminary testing has indicated there is no threat to public safety in connection with this mailing,’ said Kristen Setera, a spokeswoman for the FBI Boston Division. ‘We encourage the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to law enforcement.’
Collins’ husband was home at the time of the incident and the senator was in route on Monday afternoon, a spokesperson for Collins told DailyMail.com.
The senator was in Washington D.C. on Monday.
Local police called in federal authorities, including the FBI. U.S. Capitol Police will take the lead on the probe. A spokesperson told DailyMail.com they do not comment on ongoing investigations.
Collins, who was a target of protests during the Kavanaugh confirmation process, has gone about her life in Bangor without signs of increased security, the
Police tape was up around Susan Collins’ Bangor, Maine, home
Collins was so swarmed during the Kavanaugh confirmation process she was under police protection
Sen. Collins with her husband Thomas Daffron at a 2014 dinner in Washington
Bangor Police Sgt. Wade Betters said the incident took place shortly after 1:30 p.m.
‘It’s a suspicious letter,’ he said offering no further details.
‘The contents of what’s in it or who sent it I have no information on that,’ he said at a press conference on Monday afternoon.
Betters reassured that the public was not in any danger: ‘We have no information that suggest the public at large was in any danger.’
Bangor police are coordinating with federal authorities and U.S. Capitol Police.
And Betters said he had no information about any other lawmakers being targeted.
‘At this time we have no other information to suggest this has happened any where else,’ he said.
Mail sent to lawmakers in Washington D.C. is sent through a screening process to detect threats, a process put into place after anthrax was sent to Senate offices in 2001.
Regular U.S. postal mail would not under go such a screening.
It’s unclear if the letter was sent in connection with Collins’ Kavanaugh vote. But she came under the national spotlight during the contentious debate over his nomination.
Lawmakers had their personal information posted online during the contentious hearings on Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.
Jackson Cosko, a Capitol Hill intern, was arrested and charged publishing the private contact information of at least one Republican senator during the Kavanaugh confirmation process.
Kavanaugh, his wife Ashley and accuser Christine Blasey Ford all received death threats
Collins cast a deciding vote to put Kavanaugh on the high court. She was the target of so many protests during his confirmation process that she got protection for U.S. Capitol Police while she was in the Capitol building.
Bangor Police Sgt. Wade Betters said the public was not in any danger
The Bangor Police Department, Fire Department and local hazmat crew are on site
After weighing the sexual harassment allegations against Kavanaugh, Collins gave a 45 minute speech on the Senate floor explaining why she would vote for him.
‘I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court,’ she said on October 5, the day before the Senate confirmed Kavanaugh, 50-48.
President Donald Trump praised her remarks.
‘I thought that Susan was incredible yesterday,’ Trump said the day after her remarks. ‘She gave an impassioned, beautiful speech yesterday. And that was from the heart, that was from the heart.’
Collins was a target of any protestors during the time she weighed which way to go on the controversial nominee.
Hundred of protestors were arrested in the Russell Senate Office building in late September when they swarmed Collins’ office and that of the other deciding GOP vote: Sen. Jeff Flake.
Collins wavered on her support for Kavanauagh after Christine Blasey Ford went public with her allegation he sexually assaulted her at a high school party in the 1980s.
She said she wanted to hear from Ford and then read the FBI investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh before deciding to vote in his favor.
Protestors swarmed Collins’ office September to urge her not to vote for Kavanaugh
Capitol Police escorted Collins from the Capitol after she announced she was voting for Kavanaugh
‘I want to make it clear to these people who are chasing my members down the hall here, or harassing them at the airport or going to their homes, we will not be intimidated by these people,’ he said on the Senate floor.
‘There’s no chance in the world they’re gonna scare us out of doing our duty. I don’t care how many members they chase, how many people they harass here in the halls. I want to make one thing perfectly clear, we will not be intimidated by these people,’ McConnell said.
To be continued
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