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The Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad responded to a report of a suspicious package addressed to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Saturday night.
According to NBC Los Angeles, a large gift-wrapped box, discovered to contain horse manure, was dropped off in Mnuchin’s neighborhood in Bel-Air. A neighbor who received the package reported it to officials, who investigated with involvement from Secret Service.
Aerial footage captured from NewsChopper 4 showed LAPD officers examining the box, which was unwrapped so its contents could be verified. NBC reports a Christmas card, which referenced the tax cut bill signed by President Trump on Dec. 22, was also found inside the package. Police said the box was marked as being from “the American people.”
Bel Air Road was closed due to the investigation, though no evacuations were called. The package was cleared by officials around 8 p.m.
Aerial footage from NewsChopper 4 shows officers investigating a large box wrapped in wrapping paper; it’s not clear what is inside the box addressed to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. https://t.co/jOT5jdO2wv pic.twitter.com/XjUDzFScoa
— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) December 24, 2017
On Christmas Day, the U.S. Secret Service said that the agency was contacted by Los Angeles police and interviewed a person who claimed responsibility for delivering the package of horse manure to Mnuchin. Spokesman Cody Starken declined to identify the person.
Starken said the Secret Service takes all confirmed and alleged threats seriously, and that the agency typically doesn’t comment on possible criminal investigations or interviewing practices.
Dec. 25, 4:17 p.m. – Updated to include Secret Service’s development
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