Numerous liberal politicians and allies, including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, received suspicious packages today (24 October). The Secret Service and FBI intercepted the packages, and there have been no reported injuries.
Authorities discovered suspicious packages sent to the following people and buildings:
- Barack Obama: a package was sent to his home in Washington, DC
- Hillary Clinton: a package was sent to her home in Westchester County, New York
- George Soros: a package was sent to the investor and philanthropist, before law enforcement obtained and determined it safe in New York
- John Brennan: a package addressed to the former CIA Director was sent to CNN’s New York offices and contained an apparent live explosive and white powder
- San Diego Tribune/Kamala Harris: a package was sent to the building housing the San Diego Tribune and some of Sen. Kamala Harris’ offices, though the package was not addressed to Harris
- Andrew Cuomo: the NY Governor said he received a suspicious package at his Manhattan office
- Eric Holder: there was also a suspicious package addressed to former Attorney General Eric Holder
All of these people are current or former Democratic politicians, or liberal-minded figures.
CNN was live when they learned of the package sent to their offices.
CNN was live covering a string of suspicious packages at the same moment they had to evacuate the NYC studio because of their own suspicious package:pic.twitter.com/WfRKfpBsKJ
— j.d. durkin (@jiveDurkey) October 24, 2018
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, also received a package. It seemed to be the package meant for Holder, however.
Packages addressed to Obama, Clinton, Holder, and Brennan had Schultz’s office as the return address.
Here's the package containing a "live explosive device" and white powder that was addressed to John Brennan at CNN's office with Debbie Wasserman Schultz's return address.
Brennan is misspelled and Florida is "Florids" pic.twitter.com/sFxCyQUDNl
— Tasneem N (@TasneemN) October 24, 2018
The FBI also said they identified most of the packages’ contents as pipe bombs. They are still working to identify the white powder.
This is the suspicious package received this morning at the Time Warner Center, which houses the CNN New York bureau.
— CNN (@CNN) October 24, 2018
According to AP, the chief of counterterrorism at the New York Police Department said the package sent to CNN seemed to be mailed by the same person who mailed the packages to Obama, Clinton, and Soros.
A time of ‘deep divisions’
Clinton made a statement about the suspicious package sent to her home.
Hillary Clinton speaks after a suspicious device was addressed to her home: “It is a troubling time, isn’t it? It’s a time of deep divisions and we have to do everything we can to bring our country together” https://t.co/XT7ICtg6xn pic.twitter.com/LhlPP6m261
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) October 24, 2018
She thanked the Secret Service for their prompt work, and confirmed she and her family are ‘fine’.
‘It is a troubling time, isn’t it?’ she continued. ‘It’s a time of deep divisions and we have to do everything we can to bring our country together. We also have to elect candidates who will try to do the same.’
Vice President Mike Pence said in a statement that the White House condemns the actions ‘in the strongest possible terms’.
Received a briefing about the suspicious packages sent to the Clintons, Obamas, @CNN & others. We deployed the full resources of @FBI & @SecretService & they're working w/ law enforcement. We'll continue to monitor investigations, & those responsible will be brought to justice. pic.twitter.com/pyS6S1VUek
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) October 24, 2018
Trump has only quote re-tweeted Pence’s condemnation of the packages and wrote: ‘I agree wholeheartedly!’
Update 11:33 am PST: Another package was intercepted at a Congressional mailing facility. Sources told CNN the package was intended for Rep. Maxine Waters.
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump also addressed the suspicious packages in a press conference.
"I want to take a moment to talk about today's news … we can not tolerate those cowardly attacks, and I strongly condemn all who choose violence." First Lady Melania Trump addresses Suspicious packages sent to Time Warner Center, Clinton and Obama https://t.co/m6mzWl8LGK pic.twitter.com/WK0W8A5kA5
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) October 24, 2018