Authorities across the country reiterated Thursday's attempts to respond to the mysterious and repeated discovery of explosive devices sent to several prominent figures who openly voiced criticism from President Trump.
The latest devices were found in Delaware and New York the FBI said Thursday morning. Two were addressed to former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., one living in Delaware, and a third to Lower Manhattan living and working actor Robert De Niro.
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A police officer said the envelope and mailing labels on the parcel sent to Biden and De Niro were similar to those sent on explosives Wednesday to former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and others. An X-ray showed that the packages sent to Mr. De Niro contained a device that seemed like a pipe bomb like the others.
"This seems to be the same sender," the official said.
Investigators from federal, state, and state governments in New York, Washington, Florida, and Los Angeles have joined forces in the rapidly expanding case, which has not yet led to injuries, but shocked by the political media and the media triggered the US. A central question in the investigation is whether the bombs were the work of one or more persons.
The devices sent to Mr. Biden were intercepted in a US postal service in Delaware, a police officer said. Similar to one who met former Attorney General Eric H. Holder jr. The envelope was addressed incorrectly and redirected to the sender on the shipping label, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Florida Congressman and the Florida Democrat. Another package was also discovered at the same facility, a law enforcement official said, but it was not immediately known to whom it was directed.
The parcel sent to Mr. De Niro sat in a mailroom in his movie company. TriBeCa Productions, since at least Tuesday, a person who has been informed of the investigation. At around 5:00 pm on Thursday, the company's security guards discovered it and called the New York police whose bomb squad responded, officials said. The package was removed at 6:30 am and taken to the Bronx police station for disposal.
The mayor Bill de Blasio from New York said on Thursday that a "security guard" at TriBeCa Productions noted similarities between the two package and photos of envelopes that were discovered on Wednesday.
The first bomb was found [Monday] in the house of George Soros, the billionaire advocate of liberal causes, in Westchester County north of New York City.
] The packages were shipped in manila envelopes with bubble wrap. They have about half a dozen top-notch stamps and return addresses with the misspelled name of Mrs. Wasserman Schultz, who was formerly chair of the Democratic National Committee. The address labels were printed on a computer.
The CNN offices in New York had arrived by courier, an official said , However, Mr de Blasio said that the authorities did not know if the transmitter of the equipment was living in the New York area.
"We do not know if they're here or anywhere else in the country," said Mr de Blasio, speaking on CNN Thursday morning. "There's someone who's by definition a serial bomber, yes, and a terrorist."
In anticipation of further packages found on Thursday, the police department has deployed additional officials in front of the media offices and elected officials' offices de Blasio said.
Early Thursday, a swarm of police vehicles and ambulances on standby stifled the streets of TriBeCa just one block from the Hudson River. Police closed several blocks around the building housing Mr. De Niro's film company and restaurant.
Mr. De Niro, like the other recipients of packages, was a frequent critic of Mr. Trump. At the Tony Awards ceremony in June, he gave a speech in which he attacked the President with obscenity, and a video of his comments was distributed on social media.
On Wednesday, President Trump first denounced attempted bombings and said in the White House, "We need to unify."
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Wisconsin, adopting a sharp tone and criticizing the news media and Democrats while asking the Americans "to come together in peace and harmony".
And on Thursday morning, the president did not speak the bombings directly to news media on Twitter for the "rage we see in our society today."
Another bomb on John O. Brennan, a Republican and a former CIA director, was sent to the offices of CNN in Midtown Manhattan on Wednesday. On the same day, a package addressed to Representative Maxine Waters, a Californian Democrat, was intercepted by a congressional post. In recent months Mr. Trump and Mrs. Waters have often ridiculed themselves.