Authorities found packages containing pipe bombs aimed at ex-vice president Joe Biden and actor Robert De Niro, said Thursday a new wave of alarm amid an escalating investigation of pipe bombs at prominent sites Politicians and critics sent by President Trump.
The new packages to the numbers, including former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, were based in Delaware and New York. The findings mean that the authorities have recovered nine similar packages as part of the investigation.
Like the others, the last parcels were intercepted before they reached their intended goals.
The devices hitherto described by officials as pipe bombs have marginalized many in the country, and the authorities have made intensive efforts to find other explosives that may still be out there.
"It's cautious and diligent to expect more," New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) said on Thursday on MSNBC.
Police have increased patrols of high-profile individuals, areas and organizations that can be targeted, and authorities have warned some prominent figures – including former President Jimmy Carter –
investigators at a Delaware post office Having found a package that was addressed to Biden, which was like the others that contained pipe bombs, according to a law enforcement official. Apparently, the parcel was not delivered to Biden's house and may be on the way to the person listed on the return address of the envelope, the official said.
In a statement on Thursday morning, the FBI denied this. A package was found that was addressed to Biden and instead said only local and state police, along with US Post and FBI investigators, joined this morning addressed a United States Postal facility in Delaware to carry out law enforcement activities.
A similar package was also addressed to De Niro, who has publicly collided with Trump in his Manhattan production offices, according to the authorities. This package was discovered around 5 am by security personnel working for De Niro's Tribeca Productions film company, police said. A police spokesman said the package was "similar to the explosive packages that were released".
An X-ray image of the package indicated a similar pipe bomb, and investigators suspect it was sent by the same person who sent explosives to Clinton Obama and others, a law enforcement officer said.
Video of the scene showed the NYPD bomb squad removing the package in a heavily armored containment truck. She was transported to Rodman's Neck, a peninsula in the Bronx where the NYPD blasts bombs, the Department said.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) urged people throughout the city to be vigilant and not suspicious of packages. "Alert authorities, call 911," de Blasio said on CNN. He added that New York "has shown an additional NYPD presence outside the media companies outside the offices of certain elected officials".
Attorney General Jeff Sessions decried the equipment Thursday morning and said the Ministry of Justice is working with others
"Throughout the administration, we condemn the actions that have led to these activities in the best possible way and are determined to do so to make sure we get to the bottom of it and reach justice, "Sessions said. 19659017] The hunt for a serial mail bomber began late Tuesday, when Intelligence agents conducting ordinary postal mail found a pipe bomb in a simple Manila envelope with an inside attached to Clinton, the former foreign minister. A similarly packaged bomb was found hours later in the mail addressed to Obama.
No bomb came close to their intended target, and none contained a written message, according to law enforcement officials. But the findings have led to the discovery of other undecorated devices elsewhere, including at the CNN New York Headquarters post office and in a Bezirksamt des Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.).
As more equipment was found, a pattern arose – the bombers or bombers seemed to target celebrities of the political left, many of whom were the targets of President Trump's inflammatory rhetoric.
The first such package was released Monday in George Soros' New York House, a billionaire activist known for financing pro-democracy and liberal political groups.
The package sent to De Niro came about after he had publicly involved himself with Trump.
"F-Trump," said De Niro during a profane broadside Tony Awards over the summer. "It's not Trump's anymore, it's Trump's."
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) And other officials described the devices discovered as an attempted act this week, terrorism, and the authorities warned that the number of bombs – and intended victims – could grow. FBI director Christopher A. Wray appealed to the public to catch the bomber and warned people not to touch suspicious packages.
Law enforcement agencies described the devices as tubes filled with explosive material and packed in electric wire and tape They did not say how they would detonate.
The FBI, the Secret Service, the NYPD and other authorities went full steam on Wednesday morning to find out who was behind the bombs – and how many more could be on their way to intended casualties. At least two of the devices seem to have been delivered by hand according to police officers.
"We will not rest until we stop sending those dangerous devices and bringing the person or individuals to justice," said C. Bryan Paarmann, FBI anti-terrorist officer. The devices were sent to the FBI laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, for further analysis.
Officials said that the parcels used the back office address of Wasserman Schultz's office, which chaired the Democratic National Committee during part of the 2016 election campaign. One such package used a wrong address for former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., and it was "back" to their office in Sunrise, Florida, where it was intercepted, according to the officials. The authorities do not believe that she has anything to do with the packages and think she is a potential victim. A spokesman for Holder declined to comment.
The pneumatic tube bomb found in the post office at CNN headquarters in New York was directed to former CIA director John O. Brennan. Since retiring from the government, Brennan has been an outspoken critic of Trump; He is an on-air analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, instead of CNN.
On Wednesday night, the FBI issued a statement that the investigators "have found two additional packages, both addressed to Rep. Maxine Waters, who look similar to the other five.
In a statement, Waters (D Calif.) That she was told by the police that her office "was the target of a suspicious package that was directed to the FBI. I am grateful for the law enforcement authorities who have intercepted the package and are investigating this matter. I unequivocally condemn every act of violence and terror.
Packages contained computer-printed address labels, six Forever stamps and return addresses with misspelled names by Wasserman Schultz, it said.
In the midst of the hectic pace of the investigation, some alarms turned out to be wrong, a suspicious package sent to the According to NYPD, New York Governor Cuomo was actually a USB flash drive, and the authorities also raided a San Diego office building that housed a newspaper before concluding there was nothing dangerous there.
The known receivers of the bombs are frequent targets of conservative politicians, including Trump In the White House, the president condemned the bombs and promised that the federal government would bring the perpetrators to justice.
"In these times we must unite," he said "We need to get together and send a very clear, strong and unequivocal message, which in de In the United States of America, no acts or threats are made against political violence. "
But hours later, at a rally in Wisconsin, Trump accused the media and others of his rudeness, though he did not recognize his own seditious rhetoric. He continued his attempt to capture this in the media through a tweet on Thursday morning: "Much of the anger we see in our society today is caused by the intentionally false and inaccurate reporting by the mainstream media that I call It has become so bad and hateful that it can not be described, the mainstream media have got to screw up their act, FAST! "
Clinton said on Wednesday in Florida that her family was" good, thanks to the men and Secret Service women who intercepted the package that was addressed to us had gone home to us. "
She also spoke with the rage that pulsed through American politics:" It's a worrying time, not It is a time of deep division, and we must do everything possible to bring our country together. "
John Wagner contributed to this report.
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