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DPS investigating suspicious substance sent to Arizona Senate president

The Department of Public Safety is investigating after someone sent a suspicious substance to Senate President Karen Fann.

Around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, an aide in the Senate president’s office opened a letter addressed to Fann and noticed a “small amount of substance” in the mailing, according to Senate GOP spokesman Mike Philipsen.

Sen. Warren Petersen, R-Gilbert, wrote on Twitter that the substance was an “unidentified white powder.”

Philipsen said DPS’s hazardous materials team responded to the Senate around 6:30 p.m. and tested the substance. He said the tests came back negative, though neither Philipsen nor DPS would say specifically what the substance was tested for.

DPS spokesman Bart Graves said the investigation is ongoing.

The suspicious package comes amid a controversial recount and audit that Fann, R-Prescott, ordered of the 2020 general election in Maricopa County. The audit has been embroiled in a number of controversies, including the audit team leader’s support for bogus election fraud conspiracy theories, concerns about the auditors’ lack of qualifications, questionable procedures, the use of the audit to probe far-fetched conspiracy theories and outside funding by undisclosed pro-Trump donors to pay for the audit.

“The personal attacks on (Fann) by some media and others is truly disturbing. If you don’t agree with the policy, disagree with it but no need to attack her personally. Now this. Today someone sent an unidentified white powder to her office. Not OK folks. DPS is investigating,” Petersen tweeted Wednesday night.

This report was first published by the Arizona Mirror.


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