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Toxic Powder, Swastikas Sent to Rep. Raul Grijalva, Progressive Caucus Co-Chair


U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., has faced death threats and on Thursday a toxic powder was sent to his office in a swastika-covered envelope. (John Moore / Getty Images file)

TUCSON - The FBI is analyzing a toxic substance sent
to the Tucson office of U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, the Democratic
congressman's campaign spokesman said.

A mail check at Grijalva's local office Thursday uncovered a white
powdery substance and drawings of two swastikas inside an envelope, Adam
Sarvana told CNN.

The Tucson Fire Department confirmed the substance was toxic, Sarvana
said. Nearly a dozen people who were at the office when the substance
was found were examined and sent home.


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Scientists at an FBI laboratory in Phoenix were conducting a full analysis of the powder, Sarvana said.

The incident is the third security issue at Grijalva's district
offices this year, the spokesman told CNN. Two offices were temporarily
closed in April after receiving threats about Grijalva's position on
immigration legislation. In July, a bullet shattered a window in his
Yuma office, KVOA-TV, Tucson, reported.

"I do feel a great deal of concern for the people that work with me,
for me. I feel concerned for the constituents that come to that office,"
Grijalva told KVOA. "Obviously, we're going to have to make more

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