Suspect accused of mailing letter containing ricin to White House appears in court


BUFFALO, N.Y. (NewsNation Now) — A Canadian woman accused of mailing a letter containing ricin to the White House appeared in U.S. federal court Tuesday.

The envelope also contained a letter asking the president to “give up and remove your application for this election,” according to court papers filed Tuesday.

Pascale Ferrier, of Quebec, faces a charge of threatening the president and was arrested at the U.S.-Canada border on the Peace Bridge Sunday. The judge ordered that she be held without bail.

An FBI affidavit revealed details about the letter, including her reference to Trump as “The Ugly Tyrant Clown.”

She also wrote, “So I made a ‘special gift’ for you to make a decision. This gift is in this letter.”

“If it doesn’t work, I’ll find better recipe for another poison, or I might use my gun when I’ll be able to come. Enjoy! FREE REBEL SPIRIT,” the letter stated.

A mail sorting facility intercepted the letter, which was postmarked from Canada, on Friday before it reached the White House.

During her court appearance at the federal court in Buffalo, New York, a non-guilty plea was entered on her behalf and she asked for a probable cause hearing and an identity hearing which requires the government to show she’s the person for whom the arrest warrant was issued.

Her attorney said, “She has a presumption of innocence and that’ll be pursued further after today.”

Court papers also revealed the FBI connected six additional similar letters received in Texas to this case. Investigators matched Ferrier’s fingerprints to four of those letters and they “contained similar language” to the letter sent to Trump.

The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office confirmed they had received letters similar to the one sent to the White House in a tweet.

Ferrier was arrested and detained in Mission, Texas, in 2019 on weapons possession charges.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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