Letter sent to Obama positive for ricin in preliminary testing; Updated

On Tuesday, a letter sent to Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) tested positive for ricin poison. ABC News reports that a second letter sent to the U.S. Senate has tested positive. The addressee is unknown at this time. [Update: Reports now indicate the second letter was addressed to President Obama.]


Fox News producer Mike Levine reports that a letter similar to the one sent to Wicker was addressed to President Obama. Both were postmarked in Tennessee on April 8 and contain similar language and signatures.

Chad Pergram of Fox News reports it is “unclear” if the letter sent to Obama tested positive for toxins.


Initial testing indicates the letter addressed to Obama contains ricin.

Officials appear to have a suspect.

But no arrest has been made.

Twitter users are asking if the second letter reportedly sent to the Senate is the same as the letter addressed to Obama.

The answer to that question is not clear at this time. Update: Reports now indicate the second letter was not meant for the Senate.

Law enforcement officials say a second suspicious letter that has been received in Washington was actually directed to the White House, not the Senate.

Meanwhile: Suspicious packages reportedly discovered in Senate buildings; evacuation underway.

There is “no indication of a connection” to the Boston Marathon bombing, according to the FBI.

The letter will undergo further testing, according to White House press secretary Jay Carney.

Sen. Carl Levin’s office in Saginaw, Michigan, received a suspicious letter as well.

He issued this statement:

Earlier today, a staffer at my Saginaw regional office received a suspicious-looking letter. The letter was not opened, and the staffer followed the proper protocols for the situation, including alerting the authorities, who are now investigating. We do not know yet if the mail presented a threat. I’m grateful for my staff’s quick response and for government personnel at all levels who are responding.

Twitchy will monitor this developing story and update as more details become available.

Editor’s note: The title of this post has been changed to reflect the latest developments in this story. The original title was “ABC: Second letter sent to US Senate tests positive for ricin.”

  • $46661540

    Did Walter White finally use the ricin?

  • Stone Bryson

    OK, so at what point do we start to call this a coordinated terrorist attack, Mr President? We have the bombings (TWO nearly simultaneous bombings) in Boston, then two letters (which the timing suggests were sent before the attack) filled with poison and sent to politicians. One is a dot, two a line, three a pattern… no?

    Oh right, THAT would destroy the lone-wolf, Tea-Partying white-guy narrative. Nevermind…

    • DailyPlunge

      The point when evidence connect the two incidents?

      • Stone Bryson

        Because there is NOOOOO evidence connecting the dots, eh?

        It’s a shame there’s not some nifty newfangled contraption where you can go to a search thingy and gather information for yourself. That would be awesome… someone should invent it. Perhaps Al Gore will someday…

    • http://twitter.com/TruPundit BristolGOP Backup

      As soon as they can hang it on the tea party.

  • nc

    Does anyone know how easy or difficult it is to obtain ricin?

    • Silenttype78

      If you can grow a tomato plant you could probably grow the castor oil plant.
      I have no idea how hard it is to extract though.

      • DeBaliviere

        Bryan Cranston did it on “Breaking Bad,” soooo…

        • Silenttype78

          I’m unfamiliar with that show. Sorry.

          • DeBaliviere

            It’s on Netflix…and very very good!

      • Paladin

        Castor beans are high in ricin, and easy to grow. It wouldn’t be too hard to break them down and extract the toxins.

      • Adela Wagner

        I’m in Ohio and have grown beautiful 10ft. tall castor plants. VERY good for mole control. A pic from my old blog, about 4-5 pics down, http://turnleftatthepigs.blogspot.com/2009/09/some-pics.html

    • Joel A. Edge

      It grows wild where I live, so not that difficult with a little chemistry training.

    • DeBaliviere

      Yes. According to Al Sharpton, “Dem damn Koreans sellin RicinRoni in dey bodegas.”

  • http://apostrophejones.com/ Gloves Donahue, Jr.

    Janet Nap comes out and says” it’s not a coordinated attack” after every attack.

    She doesn’t know anything else, but is sure it’s a lone wolf, every time.

    Who believes her anymore?

    • Silenttype78

      I find it hard to believe anything that anyone in this administration says.

  • sta

    Please Lord keep this President safe. He has innocent kids that need their daddy and we don’t need a martyr.

  • Netmilsmom

    We need to pray for this President. He has kids who need him and we sure don’t need a martyr.

    • DeBaliviere

      …or a President BiteMe.

    • Jedd McHead

      I’m more concerned about the martyr part — I want Odrama to live well beyond his Presidency. Once he’s cleanly out of office he’ll be a “former President” and pretty much open game for “tell all” behind-the-scenes stories to be published. Also, I want him around to be faced with critical analysis of his eight-year circus.

      I hope the Benghazi massacre, alone, dogs him well out of office and haunts him to his grave. That goes for Hitlery, too — if she dares to run in 2016 I hope the Benghazi issue is rubbed in her face at every rally and debate.

    • BeautifulAmerica

      Pray that he is exposed for the Traitor he is, and is tried for Treason, you mean.

  • JR48

    Some people are just sick and twisted. Hope that they find this nutjob soon.

  • DailyPlunge

    “To see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to it’s continuance.”

    it’s vs its

  • Joel A. Edge

    It was a letter of support, that’s what made it suspicious.

  • rinodino

    Hmm interesting, Tennessee

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

      The same Tennessee that elected Al Gore Sr and Jr? Pray tell, what is so “interesting”?

      • Mister A

        Al didn’t win Tennessee in his presidential run.

        • Mellow Melon

          yes, but he was a U.S. senator from Tennessee before becoming veep.

          • Mister A

            Right, but in the grand scheme of things, he didn’t really do jack sh*t, and most Tennesseans know it. Tennessee pretty consistently votes Republican.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

            True, Mister. I make a sport of baiting Dino and asking him/her to explain the ‘wisdom’ of their musings.

          • Mister A

            Ahhh! Then, by all means, play on!

    • http://www.black-and-right.com/ IceColdTroll

      Wonder what Fathead Gore’s zip code is, huh?

  • cscape

    excuse me….. THIS is unprecedented…… i was given to believe that the policy of the Secret Service was to NEVER reveal any details of threats made to the President…. WTF is going on here?

    • wwbdinct

      Ummm Hmmm…..

  • https://twitter.com/thehiredmind Hired Mind

    If they had been sent in the opposite order (first to Obama then to Wicker) we would have heard cries of “Racist! Tea Party!” from the press for a day or two.

  • OldmanRick

    It is strange that anyone would send a letter to a politico with an alleged poison within since all mail for any politico or administrative official is thoroughly checked for explosives or harmful substance. If memory serves, this info became public when the anthrax scare was in effect. Ergo, it appears it was sent for shock effect or from an idiot who lacks access to TV, radio, computer, or the written word.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

      The point of terrorism is not always to inflict death. Often acts are carried out to cause panic, chaos, and put people on edge.

      • http://www.black-and-right.com/ IceColdTroll

        Exactly, and not to sound derisive towards you, but that is exactly why it is “terror” ism.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

          I don’t take that to be derisive and agree completely. So often it seems that people forgot that “terrorism” can come in many forms and does not have to use bullets or bombs to accomplish disruption of lives.

  • Guest

    Disclosing these attacks invites imitation, the news value does not outweigh that.

    • http://www.black-and-right.com/ IceColdTroll

      Are you arguing for censorship?