The Secret Service said Wednesday it had intercepted parcels of "potential explosives" sent to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and ex-President Barack Obama in Washington
Devices were found in a mailbox in Bedford, New York, shortly after the discovery of an explosive device, the home of George Soros, the liberal philanthropist, the target of right-wing extremist criticism
"The parcels were immediately identified as potential explosives during routine post-screenings and treated accordingly, "said the Secret Service on Wednesday. "The prototypes did not receive the packages, nor were they in danger of receiving them."
The intelligence agency said the package, which was addressed to Chappaqua, N.Y, home of Clinton and former President Bill Clinton, was recovered on Tuesday. The package, which was sent to Obama's Washington home, was intercepted Wednesday, authorities said.
Both packages were intercepted by intelligence agents working near their homes in New York and Washington. All mail and parcels addressed to former presidents and their immediate families are presorted and screened by Secret Service personnel.
An Obama representative has sent questions to the Secret Service. Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said the package was "not close to where they live" and asked other questions to the agency.
CNN's headquarters in New York's Time Warner Center was also evacuated Wednesday morning for a suspicious package. The network beamed shots of its staff out in the streets of Manhattan, where Jim Sciutto was on a cell phone and told him he had received a suspicious package that was sent to the CNN building. In a letter to the employees, the police wrote that the center was being evacuated "out of cautiousness" after […] Englisch: emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/art … = 263 & lang = en the parcel had been found in the post office. Police said that their officials are "investigating a suspicious package at Columbus Circle" Time Warner Center is located
The units that were sent to Clinton and Obama are suspected to be the same person's work earlier this week Soros sent a similar device to two law enforcement agencies who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation. Soros, an 88-year-old Holocaust survivor, has channeled much of his fortune into liberal projects around the world, making him a frequent target of rhetoric on the right.
Based on the timing and material, police officers suspect the same person is behind all three devices, and officers are trying to find out if any other devices have been sent to anyone.
The New York Police said they were investigating the suspicious package at CNN and working with the federal partners involved in the investigation into what was being sent to Obama, Clinton, Soros, and the news network, according to a police officer. In this context, the New York police reinforced patrols in areas connected to these three people and inspected parcels sent to places tied to them. The police also reinforced patrols in high-profile areas, including New York City media locations.
The White House and others across Washington denounce the explosives.
"We condemn the attempted violent attacks recently perpetrated against President Obama, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton and other public figures," said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders in a statement on Wednesday morning Terrorist acts are despicable, and any responsible person will be held accountable to the law.The US intelligence and other law enforcement agencies will investigate and take all appropriate measures to protect anyone who is threatened by these cowards. "
Suspicious letters and parcels were sent to the children of the president, including Donald Trump Jr., the president's eldest son and Eric Trump. On Wednesday, Trump Jr. tweeted: "As someone whose family has been directly victim to these mail threats, I condemn anyone who did so, regardless of party or ideology, this crap must stop and I hope that for go to jail for a long time. "
Earlier this year, a letter was sent to Trump Jr., who led his wife to the hospital. One man later pleaded guilty to sending white powdered threatening letters to Trump's sons and other public figures.
Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker contributed to this story being updated.