Hillary Clinton’s HQ in Brooklyn, New York evacuated after white substance in envelope found

POLICE say Hillary Clinton’s campaign headquarters in Brooklyn have been evacuated after a white substance was discovered in an envelope.

The substance was first discovered by two interns at a campaign office in Manhattan on Friday night and was taken to Clinton’s Brooklyn headquarters, triggering the evacuation of the 11th floor, the New York Police Department confirmed.

A total of four people were exposed to the substance, police said, though there have been no injuries or reported illnesses.

New York Police Department Lieutenant Thomas Antonetti told AFP: “The preliminary investigation determined that it was negative in terms of containing a hazardous substance.”

He noted the Department of Health was conducting further evaluation to determine the nature of the substance.

Antonetti said the envelope also contained writing, but no death threats. “We’re trying to determine what the substance was. For right now, we can at least rule out any poisonous or deadly nature of the substance,” Antonetti said.

The news comes after Clinton claimed her rival Donald Trump was a threat to American democracy for not pledging to honour results of the upcoming presidential election, as the bitter rivals battled for supremacy in battleground states.

The 2016 election cycle pitting the Republican nominee against the former secretary of state has turned increasingly toxic, with Trump fuelling wild conspiracy theories about vote “rigging” and Clinton warning that the provocative billionaire was straying into authoritarianism.

“We know the difference between leadership and dictatorship, and the peaceful transition of power is one of the things that sets us apart,” Clinton told a rally in Cleveland, Ohio, one of the key swing states up for grabs on November 8.

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