NYC Offices of CNN Evacuated over Package

039;Potential explosive devices' sent to Obama and Hillary Clinton Secret Service says

039;Potential explosive devices' sent to Obama and Hillary Clinton Secret Service says

Explosive devices were sent to former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as well as to CNN's offices in NY, sparking an intense investigation on Wednesday into whether a bomber is going after targets that have often been the subject of right-wing ire.

One of the packages addressed to Ms Waters was discovered at a congressional mail sorting facility in Maryland. Each was addressed to a prominent critic of President Donald Trump.

"He should not be beating the tom-toms of anger and animosity and war", said the former Central Intelligence Agency chief, whose security clearance was revoked by Trump after he criticized the president's summit earlier this year with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

A package sent to Oscar-winning actor Robert de Niro was intercepted on Thursday after an employee of TriBeCa Productions, a television and film production company co-founded by the Hollywood megastar, alerted police. And authorities are really still investigating exactly what's inside of it and what we may learn, the motives here.

"The president is certainly not responsible for sending suspicious packages to someone no more than Bernie Sanders was responsible for a supporter of his shooting up a Republican baseball field practice a year ago", she said, referring to the shooting that badly injured Rep. Steve Scalise and others.

Trump, during an appearance at the White House on Wednesday afternoon, didn't mention CNN or any of the officials targeted by the device.

FBI Director Christopher Wray referred to the 13 explosive devices recovered so far as "IEDs", an abbreviation for improvised explosive devices. "We'll keep you posted on that", Sciutto said. 'It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description. Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!'

"Let's get along", he said.

"I'm trying to be nice", he grinned at one point. "Have you ever seen this?"

The attacks overtook other news in an already-tense political season that could reshape Congress and serve as a referendum on the first two years of Mr Trump's presidency.

The package had actually been received in the general mailroom on Wednesday, according to a law enforcement official. It was compact, perhaps about the length of a wooden spoon, and contained wires and a black pipe, officials said.

The first crude bomb to be discovered had been delivered Monday to the suburban NY compound of George Soros, a liberal billionaire and major contributor to Democratic causes. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was listed as the return address.

White powder also sent to CNN presented no biological threat, Sweeney said. "This egregious conduct is abhorrent to everything we hold dear and sacred as Americans".

And on the other side of the spectrum, Republican congressman and House majority whip Steve Scalise was one of several people wounded in June 2017 by a rifle-toting left-wing activist who died in the ensuing shootout with police. But Democratic Senate and House leaders Chuck Schumer of NY and Nancy Pelosi of California said such words "ring hollow" when coming from Trump. CNN is known for its robust coverage of the Trump administration and for constantly provoking the ire of the president. They all also had a half-dozen Forever stamps, computer-printed address labels and return addresses bearing the misspelled name of Wasserman Schultz, who chaired the Democratic National Committee during part of the 2016 presidential campaign.

The first package, which turned up on Monday, was addressed to Soros, the billionaire financier and frequent target of right-wing conspiracy theories. A DNA sample from a device intended for Obama similarly matched the suspect's DNA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

The device addressed to Hillary Clinton was discovered at her home in the NY suburb of Chappaqua, Westchester County, late on Tuesday by a Secret Service employee who screens mail for her.

As reported earlier, unknown sent parcel bombs to the offices of former U.S. President Barack Obama and former Secretary of state Hillary Clinton. The bombs have been sent across the country - from New York, Delaware and Washington, D.C., to Florida and California, where Waters was targeted.

Former CIA director John Brennan, who was sent the pipe bomb care of CNN, assailed Trump for attacking the media.

"We must never allow political violence to take root in America and I'm committed to doing everything in my power as president to stop it and stop it now".

New York Police Department Commissioner James O'Neil noted at a news conference the device found at the Time Warner Center was "live" and authorities also found a white powder with the package.

We do not know how many more postal workers and law enforcement people will have their lives endangered as they find and defuse these bombs. Pipe bombs continue to fill the mailboxes of a growing number of prominent people who have in common their criticism of President Trump and his policies.

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