Package Containing 'Device' Found Addressed To The White House

27 October, 2018, 15:40 | Author: Rachel Mcdaniel
  • House in Washington DC

None of the devices have exploded.

Who were the bombs sent to?

On Wednesday, two days after the first package arrived at Soros' home, the Federal Bureau of Investigation identified five more targets - former president Barack Obama, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Eric Holder, former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan, and California representative Maxine Waters. The CNN package was addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan, who has publicly clashed with Mr Trump and is a regular television contributor. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee who was accused by Clinton rivals of secretly helping the party's eventual presidential nominee.

An officer with the Uniform Division of the United States Secret Service uses his dog to search a checkpoint near the home of President Barack Obama, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Washington.

The explosive package sent to Mrs Clinton's NY home was discovered at a mail sorting facility, and did not reach the Clintons' home.

A law enforcement official told CNN that the initial examination of all of the devices shows them to be constructed similarly. The Secret Service, however, later said it had only intercepted the two packages intended for Obama and Clinton and called reports of a package headed for the White House "incorrect".

A law enforcement source said the device found in the Time Warner Center's mailroom is similar to the ones addressed to Obama, Clinton and billionaire investor and major Democratic donor George Soros, which was discovered earlier this week.

Sanders specifically called out CNN, which had to evacuate its NY studios Wednesday after one of the specific packages showed up in the network's mail room. One was intercepted at a Los Angeles mail facility.

The first bomb was discovered Monday in a mailbox at the NY home of billionaire financier and Democratic Party supporter George Soros.

No one has been injured and it is not clear if the pipe bombs were able to explode or if they were fakes.

As for the other suspicious packages, nobody was harmed and the explosives never arrived at the Obamas and Clintons' homes; the packages were intercepted before they got there.

What was in the packages?

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

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

Police on Thursday said the package recovered in Manhattan addressed to De Niro, who dropped an expletive insult at Trump at this year's Tony Awards, was similar to the other pipe bombs recovered this week. That means FBI investigators can "look for patterns such as the device, the technical expertise, the method of mailing, a whole host of great, rich forensic evidence that can be gathered".

How have USA political figures responded?

Investigators have concluded that white powder found with a suspicious device this week is "not biological" - but they said that the devices are "something that should be taken seriously".

"We will spare no resources or expense in this effort", Mr Trump, a Republican, said at an event on opioid abuse.

But he says the media "has a responsibly to set a civil tone and to stop the endless hostility and constant negative and oftentimes false attacks and stories".

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called the package deliveries an "act of terrorism" at a press conference.

Mrs Clinton called the packages a sign of deep political divisions in the U.S., and stressed the need for the country to be united.

Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer said in a joint statement that "President Trump's words ring hollow until he reverses his statements that condone acts of violence".

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., who was severely wounded in a 2017 shooting that targeted Republican members of Congress on a suburban baseball field, wrote on Twitter that he had experienced "first-hand the effects of political violence" and said that as a nation "we must agree that this is a risky path and it can not become the new normal".

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