President Donald Trump made a short statement about the suspicious package bombs sent to political and media figures Wednesday in a media briefing at the White House.
Here's the latest on the attempted bombings
Various reports of mistaken suspicious packages were discounted, but several have been authenticated — all sent to media figures or Democratic politicians.
Former President Barack Obama was targeted, but the package was intercepted from his home in Washington D.C.
Former President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Clinton were targeted. That bomb was discovered at their New York home.
Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was sent a package, but it was intercepted and sent back to the return address listed, which was Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.).
The CNN network offices were evacuated over a package sent to former CIA Director John Brennan. The package also contained a white powder.
Billionaire financier George Soros was also targeted.
There was a false report from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who claimed that he was sent a "device," but later police confirmed that he had been sent an informational package with literature.
The pipe bombs were crudely made, and the shipping labels had numerous spelling errors, including some addresses that didn't fit with the targets. They were in manila envelopes, with six stamps affixed. They are being sent to the FBI for analysis.
Some photos of the devices were made available to the public:
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'We have to unify. We have to come together'
“A major federal investigation is now underway," President Donald Trump said in his remarks from the White House. "The full weight of our government is being deployed to conduct this investigation and bring those responsible for these despicable acts to justice.
“We have to unify. We have to come together,” he continued. “Acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America.”
“This egregious conduct is abhorrent to everything we hold dear,” Trump added. “We’re extremely angry, upset, unhappy about what we witnessed this morning and we will get to the bottom of it.”
'What all of these targets had in common'
Several commentators in the media have noted that everyone targeted by explosive package devices were also the targets of opprobrium by the president and his allies. Others have claimed that his rhetoric against the media directly led to the package attacks.
"There's no need, there's no reason to assume motives, to assume anything at this point, but we do know what all of these targets had in common: These are all targets that have all been criticized mercilessly by right-wing outlets, by fringe groups on the internet, and by some right-wing commentators," said CNN's Brian Stelter.
'You are officially deranged'
Some social media personalities on the right have suggested that the timing and method of the bomb packages might be the work of someone on the left trying to elicit sympathy for the left.
Others, like Ben Shapiro, decried the rush to look for conspiracy theories in the story.
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"If your first reaction to some evil person sending bombs to a variety of politicians on one side of the aisle is 'FALSE FLAG,' you are officially deranged," he tweeted.