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McConnell pledges: ‘Justice will be delivered’

A parcel addressed to President Obama containing a suspicious substance was intercepted Tuesday by authorities at a remote White House mail screening facility, the Secret Service confirmed Wednesday.

The confirmation came an hour after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) vowed in a floor speech that "justice will be delivered" when it comes to this week's Boston Marathon bombing and attempt to send a potentially-poisonous letter to a Senate office.

Sen. Mitch McConnell, (R-Ky.), speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Feb. 12, 2013. (Manuel Balce Ceneta -- Associated Press) Sen. Mitch McConnell, (R-Ky.) (Manuel Balce Ceneta -- Associated Press)

“We have faith that the men and women charged to protect the American people will find those responsible for the attack in Boston, and for the letter here," McConnell said.“The truth will eventually come out. And justice will be delivered.”


Calling the last few days "trying ones for our nation," the minority leader said the two events underscore the fact that the nation still faces a grave terrorist threat.

“Monday’s attack in Boston reminded us that terrorism can still strike anywhere, at any time," he said. “And as yesterday’s news of an attempt to send ricin to the Capitol reminds us, it’s important as ever to take the steps necessary to protect Americans from those who would do us harm."

In the case of the letter addressed to Sen. Roger Wicker's (R-Miss.) office laced with ricin, McConnell noted, authorities were able to foil the plot because of precautions they had adopted in the wake of the anthrax attacks launched after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist strikes on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

“And this morning, I’d like to recognize the postal and law enforcement officials for their excellent work in detecting and preventing this threat before it reached the Capitol," McConnell said. "“They proved that the proactive measures we put in place work."




Juliet Eilperin is The Washington Post's White House bureau chief, covering domestic and foreign policy as well as the culture of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. She is the author of two books—one on sharks, and another on Congress, not to be confused with each other—and has worked for the Post since 1998.



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