Published: Sat, October 27, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Suspected Explosive Devices Mailed to Obama, Clintons, CNN

Suspected Explosive Devices Mailed to Obama, Clintons, CNN

A federal law enforcement source said the devices were thought to have been fashioned from bomb-making designs widely available on the internet. On Friday morning, he singled CNN - which also was targeted by the sender of the explosive devices.

They said it was similar to other explosives discovered in the past few days.

At the briefing, authorities confirmed that at least some of the packages were distributed through the USA mail. But Democratic Senate and House leaders Chuck Schumer of NY and Nancy Pelosi of California said such words "ring hollow" when coming from Trump.

A suspicious package was also sent to former attorney general Eric Holder.

Details suggested a pattern - that the items were packaged in manila envelopes, addressed to prominent Trump critics and carried US postage stamps. Some were discovered in mail processing facilities. That means FBI investigators can "look for patterns such as the device, the technical expertise, the method of mailing, a whole host of great, rich forensic evidence that can be gathered".

But with the midterm elections less than two weeks away, he quickly returned to the aggrieved rhetoric that many argue helped create such a fraught political climate. "It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description".

But Trump skipped his usual attack on what he calls the "fake news" media for not showing enough of his crowds. The CNN package was addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan, who has publicly clashed with Mr Trump and is a regular television contributor.

"Stop blaming others. Look in the mirror", Brennan tweeted.

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The package addressed to Obama was intercepted Wednesday by Secret Service agents in Washington.

The bombs seized Wednesday, each with a small battery, were about six inches long and packed with powder and broken glass, according to a law enforcement official who viewed X-ray images. It was compact, perhaps about the length of a wooden spoon, and contained wires and a black pipe, officials said.

Investigators began closing in on Sayoc Thursday, as investigators traced the packages' path to South Florida, and recovered evidence inside at least one of the packages pointing to him.

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The FBI announced three more suspected pipe bombs were found Thursday - one in actor Robert De Niro's Manhattan office, and two in mail facilities in Delaware addressed to former vice president Joe Biden. De Niro had also apologized to Canadians for the "idiotic behavior of my president".

None of the mailed packages exploded and investigators won't yet say whether the bombs were authentically meant to do harm or if they were non-functioning bombs meant to incite terror.

The Secret Service said media reports that it has intercepted a suspicious package bound for the White House are incorrect. Trump sometimes likes to talk about how he would beat Biden in a fistfight.

A male reporter repeatedly shouted out to the president, asking him how he's been treated unfairly, but Trump simply held out his hand, and continued: "I think the media's been very, very unfair in terms of the Republican Party and the way it's been covered".

While the first explosive device was found Monday - at the NY home of George Soros, a billionaire activist known to fund pro-democracy and liberal political groups - it was not until early Wednesday that it became apparent investigators were hunting a serial bomber. Soros has called Trump's presidency "dangerous".

On Tuesday a package was detected at Clinton's home in Chappaqua, New York, and the Secret Service "received a almost identical package in Washington addressed to the Obamas", officials said. However, the president has often targeted the intended recipients of the packages in rally speeches and on Twitter. His ended up at the Sunrise, Florida, office of Rep.

One of the packages sent had listed Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz as the sender.

The suspicious device sent to the CNN bureau in NY caused an evacuation of the entire Time Warner Center complex near Columbus Circle - with Jim Scuitto and Poppy Harlow forced to anchor on the street outside, using cell phones.

"I'm not going to get into our discussions with the president", he said. "You know, I could really tone it up". "Have you ever seen this?"

Holding court on the driveway outside the West Wing, press secretary Sarah Sanders elaborated, saying media coverage of Trump is 90 percent negative and while he condemns violence he feels "everyone has a role to play". He mostly stuck to the script and delivered a speech that could just as easily have been in the East Room of the White House rather than an aircraft hangar in a part of Wisconsin that is Trump county.

"Other Republican leaders said the same".

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