Gift-wrapped horse dung 'from American people' left at home of Treasury boss, bomb squad called

A bomb squad investigating a suspicious gift-wrapped Christmas package from “the American people” that was left outside the home of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin found that it was horse manure.

A Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad responded Saturday after a neighbor in the city's Bel Air section reported seeing the package in the driveway of Mnuchin’s residence, KTLA-TV reported.   

But it turned out that the package, wrapped in Christmas paper and addressed from "the American people," was filled with horse manure, LAPD Sgt. R. Briggs said. Officials determined that it was not a threat. 

A Christmas card discovered inside made negative references to Mnuchin, President Donald Trump and the $1.5 trillion tax bill that Trump signed into law Friday, police said.

The package was removed from the scene a short time later. Reports suggest that no one was evacuated from the area. Police haven’t released additional information about the package.

The LAPD said the Secret Service was taking over the investigation. The Secret Service told The Washington Post on Sunday it was “aware of this matter” but referred all questions back to Los Angeles police. The Secret Service could not be reached by Fox News for an immediate comment.

It wasn't clear whether Mnuchin or his wife, Louise Linton, were inside the home at the time.

Mnuchin became the 77th secretary of the U.S. Treasury in February, when the U.S. Senate confirmed his appointment by President Trump.