NEW YORK — A threatening letter containing white powder was sent to Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg on Wednesday, according to two senior law enforcement officials.
The envelope addressed to Bragg containing white powder was received in the afternoon, authorities said. New York police were called to 80 Center Street, where the prosecutor’s office mailroom is located, as a precaution.
The letter to Bragg read “fat pig f***!”, and also attached a picture of Bragg and former President Donald Trump.
In a statement, the district attorney’s office said, “NYPD testing determined that the powder found in the mailroom was not hazardous. We are grateful to our partners at the Emergency Services Unit from the NYPD.” New York City and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection for their prompt response.”
This marked at least the second threatening letter sent to Bragg, and both contained a substance deemed harmless. The first came on March 24, when Bragg was threatened with murder in a letter containing gunpowder. The threat came hours after Trump warned of “potential death and destruction” if charged in the criminal case led by Bragg.
The following week, the grand jury voted to indict the former president in an alleged secret money scheme involving porn star Stormy Daniels.
The latest threat against Bragg is one of hundreds that have come since March as the district attorney’s office investigation into Trump continued and charges were announced, a senior law enforcement official previously said. from New York to our sister network NBC New York. Several dozen of those threats were deemed to pose a serious threat of direct harm to Bragg, though their credibility varied, according to the official. Unsubstantiated threats took the form of calls, emails and letters.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office confirmed to NBC News that it has since removed information from the “Meet Our Team” section of its website, which included executive biographies.
Last week, the judge presiding over former President Trump’s landmark New York criminal indictment, as well as his family and the court itself, received unsubstantiated threats after the hearing, two sources close to the court said. case. An official said there had been “dozens” of such threats recently against the judge and the judge’s chamber, although the official did not specify the timeframe.
The NYPD detail assigned to Bragg’s office provides additional security for all district attorney personnel involved, including line prosecutors and senior office staff, the sources said. Court security officers are providing additional protective measures to the presiding judge and the court as a precautionary measure, they added.
Threat investigations are active and ongoing, the sources said.
A stone-faced Trump pleaded not guilty on April 4 to a 34-count indictment by the Manhattan grand jury, alleging he unlawfully influenced the 2016 election through a series of silent payments. The charges cemented the 76-year-old Republican as the first US president in history, sitting or former, to face criminal charges.
He and his legal team have always denied any wrongdoing.