On Friday, the authorities picked up two more potential explosive devices that were sent to public figures. Cory Booker (DN.J.) and former National Intelligence Director James R. Clapper Jr.
These packages, rebuilt in Florida and New York, increase the total number of devices found by law enforcement agencies to 12. None has detonated, but all have alerting officials when they are worried that additional equipment will be delivered.
The FBI said a package that was "similar to the others" this week was addressed to Booker and is located in Florida. A spokesperson for Booker, a prominent Democrat and potential presidential candidate for 2020, declined to comment and referred the questions to law enforcement agencies.
New York police said they responded to a suspicious package in midtown Manhattan, just a few blocks away from either of the two explosive devices were found earlier this week in CNN's offices at the Time Warner Center. The package had been "safely taken out of the post office," the police said.
A police officer said the package was a device that was addressed to Clapper, a CNN contributor, and sent to the news network. This is the second time this week that a suspected explosive has been sent to CNN and sent to a former news anchor. A device sent to CNN's offices in New York and addressed to John Brennan, the former CIA director, was found in the post office there, triggering hours of evacuation.
The parcel sent to Clapper was found in a letter-sorting facility in London New York City, the police officer said. CNN's president, Jeff Zucker, sent a message to the staff confirming that a suspicious package sent to CNN was intercepted in a post office, and he affirmed that "all mail to the CNN offices in Off-site facilities will be screened. "
Clapper appeared on CNN shortly after the news of the package sent to him was broken and felt relieved that no one was injured by this device.
"This is definitely domestic terrorism, no doubt, Clapper said anyone who criticized Trump should take extra precautions when dealing with his post, adding," This will not silence the critics of the administration. "
These latest packages are coming as the authorities intensify their search for a series mail bomber that has mailed packages to a number of politicians and other people who have publicly criticized President Trump." On Thursday, the FBI said that three alleged pipe bombs – one in the office of actor Robert De Niro in Manhattan and two in postal facilities in Delaware, which were addressed to former vice president Joe Biden.
"I thank God that no one was injured. I thank the brave and resourceful staff of the Security and law enforcement agency for protecting us, "said De Niro a Friday in a statement, before calling people to vote, a billionaire activist known to finance pro-democracy and liberal political groups, then packages aimed at former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, MEPs Maxine Waters (D-California), Eric Holder Jr., the first of Obama Attorney General and Brennan
One of the parcels was salvaged in a South Florida office of Deputy Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) Because her name was listed as the return address on the packages. Current and Earlier Investigations According to the athletes, this was a possible target of the attacks.
All the bomber's targets had come into conflict with Trump at various times, and the flood of dangerous packages intensified endless political battles two weeks before the congressional elections. Trump condemned the bombs on Wednesday before blaming the media for the anger in American society. He has also engaged with commentators who have highlighted his rhetoric as they discussed the explosive devices. He begged shortly after 3 o'clock Friday that CNN "blamed the current flood of bombs".
The explosives have led to a comprehensive nationwide investigation. One track followed by investigators is that some of the equipment may have been shipped from South Florida, but officials were cautious on Thursday, urging the public to give them tips from anywhere.
The parcels had many hallmarks of suspicious postage Matthew Doherty, who formerly headed the US National Security's National Threat Assessment Center, including large block letters and excessive postage that was designed to complicate the persecution. And the fact that no detonated investigators are provided with substantial evidence, he said.
"There is a rich treasure trove of forensic information since they were found intact," said Doherty. That said, FBI investigators can "look for patterns such as device, technical expertise, shipping method, and a whole host of great forensic evidence that can be gathered."
The authorities appealed to the public to hold a press conference on Thursday afternoon in New York.
"We are all very carefully studying this and I can say with certainty that we will identify and arrest one or more persons responsible for these acts," said New York Commissioner James PO Neill ,
The representatives on Thursday refused to say whether the devices were destined or intended to detonate but they repeatedly called on the public to consider them as a threat.
"We treat them as live devices," said O'Neill, urging people not to touch packets that they suspect. "This is something that should be taken seriously."
William F. Sweeney Jr., deputy director of the FBI's Department of State in New York, asked people to stay alert and warned that more devices "were or might be shipped." , Sweeney said the powder in envelopes with the devices found in New York posed no biological threat and said the substance was still being analyzed.
The police officers described the equipment as PVC pipes that were filled with fireworks powder and glass. Electric wires leading from the tube led to an electrical timer which was glued to the tube. According to police, officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the investigation. Most devices were apparently sent via the mail system.
The FBI said the packages found so far had common features, including Manila envelopes with bubble-wrapped interiors. They also all had half a dozen Forever stamps, computer-embossed mailing labels and return addresses with the misspelled name Wasserman Schultz, who chaired the Democratic National Committee during part of the 2016 presidential campaign.
John Wagner, Seung Min Kim, and Cleve R. Wootson Jr. contributed to this report, which was updated.