ABC News’ John R. Parkinson reports:
A bloody pig’s foot was sent to the chairman of the House committee on Homeland Security, Rep. Pete King, R-New York, along with an anti-Semitic note referencing King’s contentious hearings last month examining the radicalization of American-Muslim youths.
The package was intercepted before it reached King’s DC office, at a postal screening facility off Capitol Hill that radiates and searches congressional mail for explosives and chemicals before being delivered to an office, according to a congressional source familiar with the investigation.
It was not immediately clear where the package was mailed from or when it was intercepted by screeners.
U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider would not confirm the contents of the package but told ABC News “We have an active open investigation re: this incident and are working with postal inspectors.”
The controversial hearing March 10 was the first in a series by the committee examining the radicalization of the American-Muslim youth and drew intense scrutiny from interfaith community activists. Numerous lawmakers also spoke out against the topic of the hearings, calling for a broader examination of radical extremism among other religions and belief groups in addition to Islam.