Bomb Squad Called After Box of Manure Delivered to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

Steven Mnuchin, Louise Linton, Leonard Olijar

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) bomb squad was called to the Bel Air residence of Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin on Saturday after a suspicious package was reported. It turned out to contain manure.

The local ABC News affiliate reported:

Authorities said a call came in around 7:30 p.m. regarding a suspicious package labeled to Mnuchin that was left in a neighbor’s driveway in the 900 block of Bel Air Road.

The package was also labeled as being from “the American people.”

No evacuations were ordered, and the scene was cleared around 9:30 p.m.

The Orange County Register reported that the package was called in somewhat earlier:

The package found about 5:30 p.m. at 965 Bel Aire Road contained manure, Sgt. R. Briggs of the LAPD West Los Angeles Station said.

The bomb squad X-rayed the package and opened it to reveal the contents, she said. No injuries were reported.

The local NBC News affiliate reported that the package contained a greeting card that referred to President Donald Trump’s new tax reform law:

Aerial footage from NewsChopper 4 showed officers investigating a large box wrapped in wrapping paper. Multiple law enforcement sources tell NBC investigations that officers unwrapped the box to discover it was filled with horse manure.

A Christmas card was also inside the package, making some reference to Mnuchin and President Donald Trump, multiple sources told NBC.

The card did not contain a threat, but there was some kind of negative reference to Trump’s $1.5 trillion tax overhaul, signed on Dec. 22, according to multiple sources.

Mnuchin maintains a home in Los Angeles and had a career as a Hollywood producer and investor before being tapped by the president to serve as Secretary of the Treasury.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He was named one of the “most influential” people in news media in 2016. He is the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.


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