Phoenix police and the FBI responded to the campaign office of Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake Saturday night after receiving a call about a suspicious package, a campaign spokesman told The Daily Beast.
“A Kari Lake employee opened an envelope that was delivered to our campaign office and contained suspicious white powder. It was one of two envelopes seized by law enforcement and sent to professionals at Quantico for examination, and we are awaiting details,” spokesman Colton Duncan said in a statement. “Only two days before election day, our campaign headquarters will remain closed.”
The first officers were in the area at 10:15 p.m., a police spokesman said, and left the area at 5:00 a.m. The campaign said that in addition to Phoenix police, the FBI, a hazmat team and a bomb squad also arrived at the scene.
The FBI’s Phoenix office did not respond to an emailed request for comment. That Daily mail first reported the story.
“Officials were responding to a find in an office building near 40th Street and Camelback Road,” said Sgt. said Phil Krynsky in a statement. “When officers arrived, they learned that there were suspicious items in the mail. Additional resources responded to collect the items and secure the area. There were no reports of injuries and the investigation remains active.”
The campaign said the employee is currently under medical supervision.
The incident came less than a week after 36-year-old Daniel Mota Dos Reis allegedly broke into the campaign headquarters of Katie Hobbs, Lake’s Democratic opponent for the governorship. Lake derided the break-in as a potential “Jussie Smollett part two,” though in a tweet from the Lake campaign’s War Room account on Sunday, he asked if the media “would immediately blame our adversary for being responsible for how they did it.” have done to us @katiehobbs WaterGate?”
“We won’t,” it said.
The campaign furthered that determination in its statement on Sunday. “In the meantime, you should know that our determination has never been greater and we are not intimidated,” Duncan said. “We continue to move forward at full speed to win this election on Tuesday.”
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