Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg arrives at the District Attorney’s office as his office investigates a $130,000 payment made in the final weeks of former US President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign to Stormy Daniels, a porn star who said she had sex with Trump in 2006 when he married his current wife Melania, in New York City, US, March 24, 2023.
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Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg received a death threat in a letter containing gunpowder, hours after former President Donald Trump warned Friday of “potential death and destruction” if he is indicted by a grand jury in a criminal case led by Bragg.
“ALVIN: I AM GOING TO KILL YOU!!!!!!!!!!!”” said a typewritten note in a letter enclosed in an envelope addressed to Bragg, WNBC reported, citing law enforcement resources.
The letter, bearing an Orlando, Florida, postmark from Tuesday, was found in the DA’s mail room in a lower Manhattan building after being received at 11:40 a.m. ET on Friday. The white powder in the envelope was found to be non-hazardous, the New York Police Department told CNBC.
A DA spokesperson said, “The DA informed the office that it was immediately contained and that the NYPD Emergency Service Unit and the NYC Department of Environmental Protection determined that there was no hazardous substance.”
NYPD investigators and the FBI, which has an office nearby, were on the scene investigating the letter.
The threat to Bragg is one of several hundred threats that have come in recent weeks as the DA’s office nears the end of its investigation into Trump, a senior New York law enforcement official told WNBC.
Several dozen of those threats are considered serious threats of direct harm to Bragg, though their credibility varies, according to the official.
Security officials are closely monitoring the threats and investigating, the law enforcement official added.
Bragg is investigating a hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels by then-Trump lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen before the 2016 presidential election.
In an office-wide email to staff Friday afternoon, Bragg wrote, “I know it hasn’t been easy” with “attention and security around our office,” according to a source who received the email, reported the NBC News.
Bragg also thanked the staff for their “strength and professionalism during this time.”
“We will continue to apply the law evenly and fairly,” he wrote.
A grand jury heard testimony in the Trump probe but had the day off on Friday.
Trump predicted last weekend that he would be arrested Tuesday in the Bragg investigation, but that never happened.
On Thursday, Trump slammed a social media post about Bragg, calling George a “Soros-backed animal.”
On Friday morning, after 1 am, Trump suggested that Bragg was “a degenerate psychopath who truly hates the USA” as he condemned the investigation and warned of the potential for violence if he were to be indicted.
“What kind of person can charge another person, in this case a former President of the United States, who got more votes than any sitting President in history, and is the leading candidate (so far!) for the nomination of the Republican Party, with a Crime, when everyone knows that NO Crime was committed, and also knows that the potential death and destruction of such a false accusation could be catastrophic for our Country?” Trump wrote.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, said she would dance in the streets if Trump was indicted in the case.
She accepted a $130,000 hush money payment from Cohen to keep him quiet about an alleged one-time affair with Trump. She denies having sex with the pornographic film actor.