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Former Rep. Katie Hill's Office Target of a Perceived Anthrax Hoax

Katie Hill

As her last act amid cyber exploitation and scandal around an affair with a staffer, Hill voted to move forward with an impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump. 

U.S. Rep. Katie Hill of California resigned last week amid a cyber exploitation scandal and the admission of a relationship with a campaign staffer, but the threats and harassment have not stopped. A hazardous materials team was called in Monday after an envelope containing white powder arrived at her former office in Palmdale, Calif., according to the Los Angeles Times.

Following two different tests for harmful materials, the powder was found to be toxin-free, although two people who came into contact with it said they felt an irritation.

"They're not exhibiting any kind of significant medical symptoms," Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Inspector Anthony Akins said. "With that in mind, what we want to do is try to identify the substance, then we'll determine what the best course of action with respect to decontamination will be."

Still, the sheriff's department has launched an investigation into a likely anthrax hoax. Two more suspicious envelopes were found at a nearby bus stop, according to local TV station KTLA.

As her final act in Congress last week, Hill, the victim of what is often referred to as "revenge porn" with the release of hundreds of nude photos of her, voted to move forward with an impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump. She has contended the release of the photos was orchestrated by her estranged husband, Kenny Heslep, and right-wing media. Hill was accused of a sexual relationship with a congressional staffer, which she denies, and which would be a violation of the body's ethics rules. She said she did have such a relationship with a campaign staffer.

Hill, the only bisexual member of the U.S. House of Representatives, delivered a powerful speech about institutionalized misogyny as she left office.

"The forces of revenge by a bitter, jealous man, cyber exploitation, and sexual shaming that target our gender and a large segment of society that fears and hates powerful women have combined to push a young woman out of power and say that she doesn't belong here," Hill continued.

"Yet a man who brags about his sexual predation, whose had dozens of women come forward to accuse him of sexual assault, who pushes policies that are uniquely harmful to women, and who has filled the courts with judges who proudly rule to deprive women of the most fundamental right to control their own bodies sits in the highest office in the land."

"Today, as my final act, I voted to move forward with the impeachment of Donald Trump on behalf of the women of the United States of America. We will not stand down," Hill said.

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