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.