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The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into suspicious letters mailed to several of U.S. Sen. Jim Risch’s offices in Idaho.

“The FBI, along with our law enforcement partners, responded to suspicious letters sent to addresses in Boise, Twin Falls and Pocatello, Idaho, this week,” FBI spokeswoman Sandra Barker told the Statesman.

“At this time, preliminary testing has indicated there is no threat to public safety in connection with the mailings,” she said. “We encourage the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to law enforcement.”

Kaylin Minton, the senator’s spokeswoman, confirmed to the Statesman on Thursday that his Downtown Boise office, 350 N. Ninth St., received one of the letters.

“I’m not authorized to say anything more,” Minton said.

Boise Fire spokeswoman Char Jackson told the Statesman the department responded to the Boise building to support the U.S. Postal Service and the FBI.

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Idaho Statesman investigative reporter Cynthia Sewell was named Idaho Press Club reporter of the year in 2017 and 2008. A University of Oregon graduate, she joined the Statesman in 2005. Her family has lived in Idaho since the mid-1800s.
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