A man who claims he recently delivered a gift-wrapped package of horse manure to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says he did so in protest of President Trump’s new tax law.
“Protest should be funny,” Robert Strong, 45, told Reuters on Monday. “People’s eyes glaze over when they just see angry people in the streets.”
Strong said he believes that the federal overhaul of America’s tax code – which Trump signed into law last week – will harm the nation’s poor.
The Los Angeles County Public Health Department psychologist added that a Secret Service agent and six police officers appeared at his California house late Sunday to question him.
“Are you ashamed of your behavior?” Strong said the Secret Service agent asked him after the former took credit for the package.
The Secret Service and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) are investigating a package that was delivered to Mnuchin’s house in Bel-Air, California last Saturday.
Neither agency would confirm that Strong was responsible for the parcel, which also contained a Christmas card addressed to Mnuchin and Trump and criticism of the new tax law.
The Secret Service has also admitted to interviewing an individual who admitted delivering the package, but no charges had been filed against him as of Monday afternoon.
LAPD Lieutenant Rob Weise said it was possible that whoever left the mailing did not break any laws.
Weise noted that he was not assigned to investigate the incident, but added that the box would not be illegal if it did not present any danger.
The LAPD bomb squad on Saturday x-rayed the box before opening it, and NBC’s television affiliate reported that Mnuchin was not home at the time.
Mnuchin has staunchly defended the details of the GOP’s tax plan, which Trump signed into law last Friday.
The overhaul marked the biggest changes to the U.S. tax code in decades, as well as the first major legislative victory of Trump’s time in office.