Time Warner Center Evacuated In New York After Receiving Suspicious Package

‘Potential Explosive Devices’ Intended For Clinton, Obama, Soros, And CNN Are Similar, Say Authorities

Holly Chavez - Author
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Oct. 24 2018, Updated 3:51 p.m. ET

Devices that authorities have dubbed “potentially explosive” have been mailed or hand-delivered by a courier to numerous notable individuals and businesses, all of which have a reputation for being critical of President Donald Trump. Per The Guardian, the Secret Service is now investigating the connection between these crimes.

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All of the devices in question have a similar appearance, and they also share the same return address: Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s office. Schultz is a Democrat, and authorities have ruled out any actual wrongdoing on her part. One of the packages was intended for Eric Holder, best known as President Obama’s attorney general, but the address was incorrect. This caused the device to be rerouted to Schultz’s office, thereby necessitating a full evacuation of the building.

The Hill reported that yet another suspicious package was addressed to California Rep. Maxine Waters, but Capitol Hill police intervened before it could leave a mail facility in Maryland. Other suspicious packages that have turned out to be copycat hoaxes or completely unrelated were sent to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the San Diego Union-Tribune, and Senator Kamala Harris.

The package sent to CNN also contained white powder. This powder is currently being tested to determine its identity. Although CNN received the pipe bomb and white powder, the envelope was actually addressed to former CIA director John Brennan. There is no connection between Brennan and the network, so it’s unclear why the package was addressed in this way. CNN was able to post a photo of the pipe bomb on Twitter.

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Bill de Blasio, New York City’s mayor, called the packages “an act of terror.” President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have both publicly condemned these actions. This comes less than a week after Trump told supporters at a Montana rally that he approved of Rep. Greg Gianforte’s decision to body-slam a reporter.

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