Secret Service interviews suspect in Mnuchin manure caper

by Associated Press /  / Updated 
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Steven Mnuchin and Louise Linton at the Chairman's Global Dinner in Washington. (Rex Features via AP Images)Spaulding/WWD / Rex Features via AP Images file

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LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Secret Service says it has interviewed someone claiming responsibility for delivering a gift-wrapped package of horse manure addressed to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

The box was found Saturday at the home of Mnuchin's neighbor in the wealthy Bel Air neighborhood in Los Angeles. The LAPD bomb squad responded to the package, which police say was marked as being from "the American people."

Secret Service spokesman Cody Starken said Monday that the agency was contacted by Los Angeles police and interviewed a person who claimed responsibility. He declined to identify the person.

Starken says the Secret Service takes all confirmed and alleged threats seriously. He says the agency typically doesn't comment on possible criminal investigations or interviewing practices.

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