The Maine Sen. Susan Collins’ husband has revealed that the letter sent to their home is suspected to contain a deadly ricin and also that there was a specific mention of the senator’s vote to confirm Supreme Court Justice, Brett Kavanaugh.
Collin’s husband, Thomas Daffron was reported by the Associated Press to be at “couples’ home in Bangor, Maine, Monday when he opened the letter that the writer said was tainted with toxic ricin. The letter, Daffron said, also referenced his wife’s vote to confirm Kavanaugh,”
Collins’s husband was also confirmed to have said the letter was addressed to him, but that the letter contained scornful words which were directed at his wife, Sen. Susan Collins. Mr. Daffron said after he saw the word ‘ricin,’ which made him to immediately place the letter in a plastic envelope and immediately put a call through to 911.
The incident made Sen. Collins to then leave Washington, DC, and returned home to be with her husband.
According to a tweet which was on the official twitter page of Sen. Susan Collins Statement from Senator Collins and her husband, Tom Daffron, on threatening letter received at their Bangor residence: (October 16)
“We are very grateful for the immediate and professional assistance that we received from the Bangor Police Department, the Maine Crime Lab, the Maine State Police Department, the Capitol Police, the FBI, the Orono Hazmat Unit, the Bangor Fire Department, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. We are also truly appreciative of the many well wishes that we received today. Our friends and neighbors have been incredibly kind and have even offered to open their homes to us. We feel blessed to live in such a supportive community.”
The Bangor Police Department and Fire Department, Maine’s Criminal Investigation Division, and the FBI have been among the groups that are conducting an investigation of the letter.
Mr. Daffron and the couple’s dog were since quarantined for a time but were permitted to remain in the home after a preliminary probe showed that there is no evidence of a public threat to them.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that ricin is produced in the seeds of the castor oil plant,“It would take a deliberate act to make ricin and use it to poison people,” CDC notes.
Since her decision to vote to confirm Kavanaugh, Sen. Collins and her staff have been subjected to several threats over that decision. “I will not live in fear,” the senator had said. “I will not be intimidated. I’m going to continue to do what I think is right for the people of the state whom I work very hard for, and for our nation.”
Collins, according to reports, “gave what many considered to be a historic speech on the floor of the Senate as she explained her decision to vote to confirm Kavanaugh, who was accused of uncorroborated allegations of sexual misconduct while in high school after President Donald Trump nominated him to the Supreme Court.”
Collins criticized those making the threats by saying the nation is in a bad place “when people think they can buy the vote of a United States senator.”