Republicans in Montana report letters containing mysterious powder after similar mailings in two other states

Republican lawmakers in Montana say they have received letters containing white powder as federal agents investigate mysterious substances that were also sent to GOP officials in two other states.

In a tweet Friday evening, Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte said said he received “Disturbing” reports of anonymous threats to lawmakers. Montana's attorney general posted on Facebook that the local sheriff's office collected evidence after his mother, a state representative, opened a letter containing a “white powdery substance” that had been mailed to her home address.

“Please be careful when opening your mail,” Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen said in the post addressed to lawmakers. “If you receive a suspicious package, contact law enforcement immediately.”

Republican officials in Tennessee and Kansas recently received similar letters. A legislative office building in Nashville was placed on temporary lockdown Thursday after the House speaker said several Republican leaders received mail containing “a white powdery substance.” The letters contained “obvious threats from a liberal activist specifically aimed at Republicans,” according to a spokesman for the House Republican caucus, who gave no further details.

The FBI said on Thursday that ongoing laboratory tests showed no evidence of a threat to public safety.

According to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, about 100 such letters were sent to lawmakers and officials across Kansas. Preliminary testing revealed no common dangerous toxins and no injuries were reported.

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