Envelope Containing White Powder Sent to Judge in NY Trump Case

By Hamodia Staff

Judge Arthur Engoron attends the closing arguments in the Trump Organization civil fraud trial at New York State Supreme Court in the Manhattan borough of New York, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024. (Shannon Stapleton/Pool Photo via AP)

An envelope containing a suspicious white powder, addressed to the judge presiding over Donald Trump’s New York civil court case, was opened by a court employee Wednesday morning, the New York Times reported.

Police tell Hamodia that the incident occurred at around 9:30 a.m., when a court officer opened the envelope and white powder, the nature of which has yet to be identified, fell onto his pants. He and another person present at the time were exposed, and are being kept in isolation pending the investigation, Law360 reported.

The envelope was sent to Manhattan’s Supreme Court building on Centre Street, and was intended to be opened by Judge Arthur Engoron, who earlier this month slapped Trump with a $355 million fine in a fraud case and barred the former president from doing business in the state.

By 1 p.m., police had determined that the substance was benign, the New York Post reported..

Packages containing white powder harken back to a series of poisonous anthrax attacks sent by mail to members of the media and elected officials in 2001 in the weeks following 9/11. Five people were killed by the white spores, and 17 were injured. The letters sent then contained the words “death to America,” “death to Israel,” and “Alla-h is great.” Several hoaxes involving powder meant to appear as anthrax have occurred in the years following the deadly attacks.

Police say that the investigation is ongoing.

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