A letter addressed to President Obama believed to contain the deadly poison ricin closely resembles two letters sent to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his pro-gun control advocacy group.
The Secret Service on Thursday intercepted the letter to the president at the White House’s mail screening facility.
The FBI has taken the lead on investigating the letter to Obama and is testing the letter for ricin. If it tests positive, it would be the second parcel containing ricin that has been addressed to the president since last month.
NBC News late Thursday reported that authorities are questioning a person of interest in connection with the letters.
The former Army veteran now works for the Defense Department, according to the network, which quoted sources who said he is not considered a suspect at this time.
Federal prosecutors have charged James Dutschke in the earlier incident with sending Obama and Sen. Roger WickerRoger WickerAs US healthcare changes, preventative screenings can't stop A guide to the committees: Senate Pruitt confirmation sets stage for Trump EPA assault MORE (R-Miss.) letters containing the poisonous substance, which is made from castor bean waste.
Dutschke was arrested after officials initially tried to bring charges against Paul Kevin Curtis, whom Dutschke was allegedly attempting to frame as part of an escalating feud between the two Mississippi men.
Bloomberg on Wednesday vowed that the letters would not deter his efforts to push lawmakers to enact new gun controls.
“The letter, obviously, referred to our anti-gun efforts, but there's 12,000 people [who] are going to get killed this year with guns, and 19,000 that are going to commit suicide with guns, and we're not going to walk away from those efforts," Bloomberg said, according to CNN.
Reports said Glaze opened one of the letters Sunday in Washington and had shown no medical symptoms. The second letter sent to Bloomberg was opened by staffers at a government mail facility in New York.
Bloomberg’s group has been a forceful proponent of tougher gun ownership restrictions in the renewed debate over the nation’s gun laws after last December’s mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut.
The billionaire mayor has pledged to use his vast fortune to counter the efforts of the nation’s largest gun lobby, the National Rifle Association and to elect pro-gun control candidates in the 2014 midterms.
His group has run ads supporting a bipartisan compromise on background checks and criticizing lawmakers who have opposed the measure.
This week the group is launching a new campaign to pressure Sens. Jeff FlakeJeff FlakeOvernight Tech: High court hears case on where patent suits are filed | House to vote on blocking internet privacy rules | Facebook's new tools for voters House to vote Tuesday on blocking Obama internet privacy rules Week ahead in tech: FCC privacy rules on the ropes MORE (R-Ariz.), Kelly AyotteKelly AyotteFEC commissioner to Trump: Prove voter fraud Live coverage: Day three of Supreme Court nominee hearing Lewandowski saw no evidence of voter fraud in New Hampshire MORE (R-N.H.) and Max BaucusMax BaucusGOP hasn’t reached out to centrist Dem senators Five reasons why Tillerson is likely to get through Business groups express support for Branstad nomination MORE (D-Mont.) to back a bill that would prevent people on terror watch lists from purchasing weapons.
Gun control advocates are seeking to close the so-called “terror gap.” Under current law, people on the FBI’s “no fly” list are not included in the separate National Criminal Instant Background Check System used for prospective firearm purchasers.
—This report was first published at 12:20 p.m. and has been updated.