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Suspicious Letter Found at DeLay’s Office

February 28, 2003

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Suspicious letters with white powder inside were found in the offices of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and at least three freshmen senators Friday, but police determined the material was not dangerous, aides said.

The House Emergency Communications Center, in an internal memo to House offices, said Capitol Police conducted tests that were negative. Police took the letters and were investigating, the memo said.

``It appeared to be a hoax,″ said Angie Lundberg, spokeswoman for Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.

The offices of Chambliss, Sens. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., received the letters in the Senate, aides said.

In October, 2001, envelopes laced with anthrax were sent to the offices of Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. Since then all mail addressed to Capitol offices is screened and irradiated before being delivered.

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