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FBI says tea was suspicious substance sent to Hank Johnson

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April 18, 2015 Atlanta - U.S. Congressman Hank Johnson speaks during a funeral service of Nicholas Thomas, who was shot and killed by Smyrna police officer Sgt. Kenneth Owens, at Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on Saturday, April 18, 2015. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

U.S. Congressman Hank Johnson  HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

It turns out tea was the suspicious substance mailed yesterday to the DeKalb County office of U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Lithonia, according to the FBI.

Here’s more from our colleague Steve Burns:

“(Stephen Emmett of the FBI’s Atlanta office) said that the FBI is aware of a trend among some Tea Party associates to mail tea bags to congressional staffers as a form of protest.

‘It would be very unfortunate’ if this was the case, Emmett said, noting that the incident at Johnson’s office ‘consumed a lot of taxpayer resources.'”

Discovery of the substance yesterday, which came in an unmarked white envelope , shuttered Johnson’s office for roughly two hours while authorities cleared the area. Johnson was out of town at the time.

Read Burns’ full update here.