Suspicious Package with ‘Unidentified White Powder’ Sent to Arizona GOP Senate Leader’s Office

Written by Martin Walsh

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The Arizona Department of Public Safety was called to investigate a suspicious package sent to the office of Arizona Senate Leader Karen Fann.

One of Fann’s aides reportedly opened a letter with an “unidentified white power.”

This is significant because Fann is overseeing the election audit taking place in Maricopa County.

Democrats are fighting to stop the audit and continue to attack the Republican State Senators.

Newsweek reported:

The Department of Public Safety made a visit to Arizona State Senate President Karen Fann’s office Wednesday to investigate reports of an “unidentified white powder” that arrived at the office in a mailed letter.

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An aide in the Senate President’s office opened a letter addressed to Fann at about 4:30 pm on Wednesday, and saw a “small amount of substance” inside the letter, according to Mike Philipsen, Director of Communications for the Senate GOP. Philipsen also said that DPS sent a hazardous materials team to the senate at about 6:30 pm on the same day to run tests.

In an email on Thursday, Philipsen wrote that on Wednesday, “an assistant in President Fann’s office opened a letter addressed to the President. A small amount of substance was observed from the mailing…Out of an abundance of caution, the assistant contacted the Department of Public Safety, and its Hazmat team was alerted.”

DPS Public Information Officer Bart Graves confirmed in an email to Newsweek that, “on May 19 at approximately 1629 hours, DPS responded to the Arizona State Senate in response to a suspicious package call. The package was secured by DPS Hazardous Materials Response Unit and submitted to the DPS Crime Lab. Investigation continues regarding the package.”

The audit has taken several turns this week.

Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward has had it with what she sees as the obstruction in the Maricopa County, Arizona election audit and now she is threatening action.

“There have to be consequences,” she said during an appearance on One America News. “There could be arrests of people who are refusing to comply.”

It’s the latest drama to encompass the audit of the 2.1 million ballots in the state’s largest county, which has featured false allegations votes were destroyed and conspiracy theories alleging the ballots were shredded and eaten by chickens, who were then killed to cover up the evidence.

Ward’s comments came after the Republican-controlled Board of Supervisors for Maricopa County refused to attend a meeting Tuesday with GOP senators who had demanded the audit. The board called the audit was a ‘sham’ run by ‘grifters’ that cast doubts upon the democratic process. 

And it wasn’t the first time an arrest has been suggested.

In February, when the county was arguing against the audit in court, most Arizona Republican senators supported a resolution to hold the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in contempt and arrest supervisors for failing to turn over access to voting records. The resolution failed to pass but showed the mindset of those elected officials who demanded the audit.

Her interview came on the same day that it was discovered that election data that was rumored to have been deleted was found.

On Thursday, Arizona’s Secretary of State Katie Hobbs sent a letter claiming the election machines that were audited by the Cyber Ninja team these past few weeks should never be used again.

“This equipment was accessed by amateur, uncertified ‘auditors’ with zero transparency. I support election integrity, and therefore can’t support the continued usage of these machines,” she wrote.