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Letter to Mississippi senator tests for ricin

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Sen. Roger Wicker Sen. Roger Wicker
WASHINGTON -

Sen. Roger Wicker is acknowledging a letter sent to his Washington office is the subject of an investigation by the United States Capitol Police and the FBI.
 
Wicker says there is an "ongoing investigation" and that he wants to thank law enforcement officials for keeping the Capitol complex safe. An envelope addressed to Wicker's office on Tuesday twice tested positive for Ricin.
 
Wicker says he and his wife, Gayle, appreciate "everyone's thoughts and prayers."

Congressional officials say an envelope addressed to Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi tested positive today for ricin, a potentially fatal poison.

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin says the letter was discovered at a mail processing plant, not at the Capitol.
 
In brief remarks to reporters in the Capitol, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid did not say when the letter was sent. It's customary for mail addressed to congressional offices to be screened at an off-site facility.
 
Sen. Mary Landrieu also confirmed a letter containing poison had been to a sent to a senator. She said lawmakers were informed of the fact at a closed-door briefing about the Boston Marathon bombings.

Wicker's office issued a statement saying inquiries should be directed to the U.S. Capitol Police.

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