Maxine Waters's office reportedly evacuated after package labeled 'anthrax' arrives

Maxine Waters's office reportedly evacuated after package labeled 'anthrax' arrives
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Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersMan who threatened to kill Obama, Maxine Waters faces up to 20 years in prison Dems concerned impeachment will make Trump 'appear like a victim,' says pollster Trump calls Biden 'low I.Q. individual' after verbal slip MORE's (D-Calif.) office in Los Angeles was reportedly evacuated on Tuesday after receiving a package labeled "anthrax," according to TMZ.

A local CBS affiliate also reported that police and a hazardous materials team were dispatched to Waters's field office to investigate the package.

The Hill has reached out to Waters's office for comment.

The Los Angeles Fire Department later determined there was no hazard, shortly after being dispatched to the office, according to USA Today. According to the report, the package had been addressed to "Anne Thrax." 

The investigation was taken over by Los Angeles Police Department's Major Crimes Division and referred to the FBI, USA Today reported.

Waters had to cancel a pair of public events earlier this month after she said she received a "very serious death threat."


The California Democrat has said she received death threats after her remarks in June about confronting Trump administration officials in public.

“I know that there are those who are talking about censuring me, talking about kicking me out of Congress, talking about shooting me, talking about hanging me,” Waters said last month. "All I have to say is this: if you shoot me, you better shoot straight."

Waters has been one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpClinton and Ocasio-Cortez joke about Kushner's alleged use of WhatsApp Missouri Gov. declares state of emergency amid severe flooding Swalwell on Hicks testimony: 'She's going to have to tell us who she lied for' in Trump admin MORE's harshest critics throughout his presidency and has called for his impeachment. Trump has responded by bashing her at public events, calling her a "very low-IQ individual."

"I have no sympathy for these people that are in this administration who know it is wrong what they're doing on so many fronts but they tend to not want to confront this president," Waters said in June. 

"For these members of his Cabinet who remain and try to defend him they're not going to be able to go to a restaurant, they're not going to be able to stop at a gas station, they're not going to be able to shop at a department store," she said. "The people are going to turn on them, they're going to protest." 

Critics slammed Waters for "inciting violence," even after she clarified that she was calling for non-violent protest. 

The Oath Keepers, a far-right group associated with militia movements, planned to gather for a protest against Waters last week, but they never showed up. Counter-protestors gathered outside of Waters' office to defend her despite the Oath Keepers' no-show.

Though the protests made headlines after reports emerged that some of her supporters burned a flag during the counter-protest, Waters said the majority of the protestors were peaceful.

"While most of those counter-protesters remained peaceful, I have learned that there were others in attendance who were not necessary from the 43rd District, but who nevertheless participated as counter-porters not so much in support of me, but to seek press attention in furtherance of their own agendas,” Waters said in a statement on Wednesday.

"While I do not agree with torching the flag as a form of protest, I understand the Constitution guarantees everyone the right to this form of free expression," she added.

Updated: 10:32 p.m.