A suspicious package was intercepted outside former President Barack Obama's home in Washington, D.C. A bomb has also been found outside the New York home of former President Bill and Hillary Clinton, according to Associated Press reports.
Another suspicious device was sent to the building that hosts the New York offices of CNN, and was reportedly addressed to former CIA director John Brennan. CNN reported that yet another suspicious package, which may have been intended for former attorney general Eric Holder, was discovered at the offices of former DNC chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.).
A suspicious package was also intercepted at a congressional mail screening facility in Capitol Heights, Maryland. ABC News is reporting that the intended target of this package was Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.).
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced at a news conference on Wednesday that a suspicious package had also been sent to his office, but the NYPD later announced that this package had been cleared and did not contain an explosive device.
What are the details?
The suspicious package sent to Obama's home in D.C. was intercepted by the Secret Service before it could reach its intended target.
In a statement, the Secret Service said that the Clintons and Obamas were at no risk of receiving these packages: “The packages were immediately identified during routine mail screening procedures as potential explosive devices and were appropriately handled as such.”
Authorities are investigating a possible connection between the explosive devices, but have not made an official declaration regarding that yet.
NBC News reported that all the packages so far were sent in manilla envelopes, and the devices were all made with“similar or identical components.” The return address labels for all these packages listed the same“prominent democratic official,” although that person's name has not yet been released.
CNN later reported that the return address on the packages was for the offices of Debbie Wasserman Shultz, and that a package with a bad address meant for former attorney general Eric Holder was sent to her office because of the fraudulent return address.
NBC News: Here's what we know so far - The packages are manila in color. - The packages have similar or identical… https://t.co/Ah2OnSACqt— Tom Winter (@Tom Winter)1540395222.0
The Clinton home is in Chappaqua in Westchester County, roughly a 15-minute drive from the hamlet of Katonah in Bedford, New York, where billionaire George Soros lives. Soros, who frequently gives to liberal causes, was the target of a pipe bomb filled with black powder which was delivered to his house on Tuesday. Authorities seized the device and safely detonated it.
Police in New Castle, New York, confirmed to The Associated Press that they had worked with the FBI, Secret Service, and Westchester County authorities to investigate what they described as “a suspicious package.”
Another suspicious package was discovered in the mailroom of the Time Warner Center in New York City, where the offices of CNN are located. The CNN newsroom there was evacuated.
Everyone at CNN NY being evacuated. Swarms of NYPD outside — I wasn’t allowed to grab a coat or any of my belonging… https://t.co/owXfOLIyen— MJ Lee (@MJ Lee)1540390638.0
CNN had initially reported that another device had been addressed to the White House, but was intercepted at Joint Base Bolling in Washington, D.C. The Secret Service has since released a statement denying this. CNN anchor Jake Tapper later clarified that the confusion had stemmed from packages for President Obama and the White House both being “screened at the same place.”
CLARIFICATION: At this time the Secret Service has intercepted TWO suspicious packages - one in NY and one in D.C.… https://t.co/ZmGUQXgkEw— U.S. Secret Service (@U.S. Secret Service)1540393695.0
I’ve deleted the tweet about a suspicious package sent to the WH — @evanperez says law enforcement confusion led to… https://t.co/y08i2oZKss— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper)1540394171.0
An image of the bomb sent to CNN's office appears to show an Islamic State flag, but authorities have not yet commented on this. The New York Police Department reported that the package sent to CNN also contained a white powder, but the nature of this powder has not yet been determined.
In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said:
We condemn the attempted violent attacks recently made against President Obama, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and other public figures. These terrorizing acts are despicable, and anyone responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. The United States Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies are investigating and will take all appropriate actions to protect anyone threatened by these cowards.
This is a developing story and will be updated