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Republican lawmakers across 3 states have received letters in the last week filled with a mysterious white powder<!-- wp:html --><p>At least two Montana legislators received letters with the mysterious powder Friday.</p> <p class="copyright">powerofforever/Getty Images</p> <p>Someone sent Republican lawmakers in Montana letters containing an unknown white powder.<br /> Republican officials in Tennessee and Kansas also received similar letters over the last week.<br /> The letters contained cryptic messages and details designed to make recipients open them.</p> <p>Republican legislators from three states have received letters over the last week containing a mysterious white powder.</p> <p>Someone sent two lawmakers in Montana the unsettling letters on Friday, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2023/06/24/us/white-powder-montana-legislators/index.html">CNN reported.</a> Several Tennessee Republicans got similar letters the day before, <a href="https://tennesseestar.com/news/fbi-investigating-white-powder-sent-to-tennessee-republican-officials/pdabrosca/2023/06/24/">according to the Tennessee Star.</a> And on June 18, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=653516333482710&set=a.241069814727366">reported</a> that more than 100 Republican lawmakers and officials from across Kansas received similar letters, which also included the suspicious powder.</p> <p>The FBI is looking into the incidents in all three states.</p> <p>"The state will bring to bear whatever resources are needed to support law enforcement officers as they investigate," Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte <a href="https://twitter.com/GovGianforte/status/1672428285349834753" target="_blank" rel="noopener">tweeted</a> Friday. Meanwhile, in both <a href="https://tennesseestar.com/news/fbi-investigating-white-powder-sent-to-tennessee-republican-officials/pdabrosca/2023/06/24/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tennessee</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=653516333482710&set=a.241069814727366">Kansas</a>, investigators say preliminary testing showed the powder was not a threat to public health. </p> <p>The letters contained cryptic messages and details designed to get recipients to open them, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2023/06/19/us/kansas-white-powder-letters/index.html">lawmakers told CNN.</a></p> <p>"To honor your recent accomplishments I send to you a gift from the exclusive astruc baruch collection," one letter to Kansas State Rep. Stephen Owens read, according to CNN. "It is important not to choke on your ambition."</p> <p>Owens told CNN the return address listed a church located in her district: "It was very deliberate, very intentional to get us to open the letters."</p> <div class="read-original">Read the original article on <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/republican-gop-lawmakers-montana-tennessee-kansas-letters-mysterious-white-powder-2023-6">Business Insider</a></div><!-- /wp:html -->

At least two Montana legislators received letters with the mysterious powder Friday.

Someone sent Republican lawmakers in Montana letters containing an unknown white powder.
Republican officials in Tennessee and Kansas also received similar letters over the last week.
The letters contained cryptic messages and details designed to make recipients open them.

Republican legislators from three states have received letters over the last week containing a mysterious white powder.

Someone sent two lawmakers in Montana the unsettling letters on Friday, CNN reported. Several Tennessee Republicans got similar letters the day before, according to the Tennessee Star. And on June 18, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation reported that more than 100 Republican lawmakers and officials from across Kansas received similar letters, which also included the suspicious powder.

The FBI is looking into the incidents in all three states.

“The state will bring to bear whatever resources are needed to support law enforcement officers as they investigate,” Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte tweeted Friday. Meanwhile, in both Tennessee and Kansas, investigators say preliminary testing showed the powder was not a threat to public health. 

The letters contained cryptic messages and details designed to get recipients to open them, lawmakers told CNN.

“To honor your recent accomplishments I send to you a gift from the exclusive astruc baruch collection,” one letter to Kansas State Rep. Stephen Owens read, according to CNN. “It is important not to choke on your ambition.”

Owens told CNN the return address listed a church located in her district: “It was very deliberate, very intentional to get us to open the letters.”

Read the original article on Business Insider

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