US Secret Service Intercepts Suspicious Packages Addressed to Obama, Clintons

US Secret Service Intercepts Suspicious Packages Addressed to Obama, Clintons

US Secret Service Intercepts Suspicious Packages Addressed to Obama, Clintons

An hour or so later, a similar report emerged that a device had been sent to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of NY, but his spokesman, Richard Azzopardi, said on Twitter that it was "untrue".

Crude pipe bombs targeting Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama, CNN and others were intercepted Tuesday night and Wednesday in a rash of attacks two weeks before nationwide elections that could reshape Congress and serve as a referendum on the first two years of President Donald Trump's presidency.

Most of those targeted this week were past or present US officials, but packages also were sent to actor Robert De Niro and billionaire George Soros.

The FBI said a package, "similar in appearance to the others" found this week, was addressed to Booker and located in Florida.

Two packages were sent to California Congresswoman Maxine Waters, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

Even as Trump touted civility at Wednesday night's rally, some of his most influential supporters were suggesting - without evidence - that Democrats were involved in a "false flag" operation created to garner sympathy.

CNN, too, is a popular target for the president, who likes to describe the network as a purveyor of what he calls "fake news" and has repeatedly characterized mainstream media outlets as "enemies of the people".

The actions, which caused panicked building evacuations and reports of additional explosives that later proved unfounded, are bound to add to fears that overheated rhetoric could lead to deadly violence as the parties engage in bitter fights over immigration, the Supreme Court and the treatment of women.

"We have to come together and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that threats or acts of political violence have no place in the United States of America". "This egregious conduct is abhorrent to everything we hold dear and sacred as Americans".

But he said the media has a responsibility "to stop the endless hostility and constant negative and oftentimes false attacks and stories".

President Donald Trump says he's trying to be nice as he criticizes Sen.

The explosive devices were packed in envelopes with bubble-wrap interiors bearing six stamps and the return address of Florida Rep.

"At this time the Secret Service has intercepted TWO suspicious packages - one in NY and one in D.C.", the agency said via Twitter.

Were the pipe bombs created to go off?

Shortly after the reports that former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received suspected explosive devices in the mail, a suspicious package has been sent to the White House, media reported.

All the confirmed bombs appeared to come from the same person or persons, said John Miller, the New York Police Department's head of intelligence and counterterrorism, who briefed reporters in New York.

USA federal authorities have intercepted two suspicious packages addressed to former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the federal law enforcement agency said in a statement on Wednesday.

Speaking at an event in Austin, Texas, Mr Brennan called the spate of pipe bombs "an unfortunate turn of events".

A retired NY police detective working in security in De Niro's Manhattan office called police after seeing images of a package bomb sent to CNN and recalling a similar package addressed to the actor, officials said.

The package had actually been received in the general mailroom on Wednesday, according to a law enforcement official.

New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neill says investigators are reviewing security video to see if they can identify a courier believed to have delivered the pipe bomb package to CNN's office.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Manhattan office reported that a suspicious package had been delivered to them as well; however, the AP reports that a NYPD spokesman said it was not a bomb and was unrelated to other devices. It said law enforcement authorities are treating the device as a real explosive.

A package addressed to Harris found Friday at a Sacramento mail facility was the 13th device officials said they had linked to Sayoc.

In her initial statement, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders condemned "the attempted violent attacks recently made against President Obama, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and other public figures", saying, "These terrorizing acts are despicable" and calling the perpetrators "cowards".

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