Law enforcement agencies have intercepted suspicious packages and apparent explosive devices addressed to top Democratic figures such as George Soros, Barack Obama, and Bill and Hillary Clinton.
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9:30 PM —
BREAKING: FBI confirms 2 additional suspicious packages, both addressed to Rep. Maxine Waters, that are similar to 5 others.
— The Associated Press (@AP) October 25, 2018
9:21 PM — Sarah Sanders responds to Jeff Zucker, saying CNN chief “chose to attack and divide” instead of unite the country.
.@realDonaldTrump asked Americans “to come together and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the USA” Yet you chose to attack and divide. America should unite against all political violence. https://t.co/Dlo3xwHyKi
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) October 25, 2018
9:14 PM — NBC is now reporting with certainty that the sticker on the device received by CNN is a “Larry the Cable Guy”-themed parody of an ISIS flag logo.
Senior Law Enforcement Source: Explosive Device Sent to CNN Featured Parody ISIS Flag, “Get ‘Er Done” Inscriptionhttps://t.co/4JvKuTPmlA
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) October 25, 2018
9:10 PM — (AP) — Law enforcement official: Bombs sent to prominent Democrats and CNN were packed with shards of glass.
9:04 PM — Biden too?
Law enforcement officials are trying to track down a package addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden now considered suspicious because of similarities to other packages, two law enforcement sources tell CNN: @joshscampbell reports https://t.co/H3w2Nwk9K4 pic.twitter.com/7AU2Dvzmdr
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) October 25, 2018
8:51 PM — Individual CNN staffers using the same language as the official accounts. It’s almost as if management sent out talking points…
In Wisconsin, Trump blames his political opponents and the news media for the turbulent national media environment — while taking no responsibility himself — on a day bombs were sent to Democrats and media. https://t.co/VpuivIFiPV
— Eric Bradner (@ericbradner) October 25, 2018
That didn’t take long: President Donald Trump took no responsibility for the national political environment at a campaign rally Wednesday night, instead a pointing finger at opponents and the news media.
— Bob Ortega (@Bob_Ortega) October 25, 2018
8:48 PM — “taking no responsibility”
President Trump said the media should set a "civil tone" following a series of bomb scares, taking no responsibility for the national political environment as he spoke at a rally in Wisconsin https://t.co/rJ6FbQa3Zp pic.twitter.com/w21NNB3EmI
— CNN (@CNN) October 25, 2018
8:44 PM — Roll Call‘s WH correspondent:
After 9/11, GWB bravely returned to the White House then stood atop the rubble and comforted a nation. After Sandy Hook, Obama cried and comforted a nation. After bombs tried to kill his political rivals, 45 held a campaign rally. That's not #FakeNews, folks, those are #facts.
— John T. Bennett (@BennettJohnT) October 25, 2018
8:32 PM — Plot twist:
Flag on pipe bombs sent to Democrat leaders appears to be parody of ISIS flag. pic.twitter.com/vYKCdQNggM
— Robert Spencer (@jihadwatchRS) October 24, 2018
8:27 PM — Los Angeles package also addressed to Maxine Waters.
BREAKING: AP source: Package addressed to Rep. Maxine Waters found at Los Angeles mail facility; appears similar to NY, DC bombs.
— The Associated Press (@AP) October 25, 2018
8:25 PM — New York Times cites experts suggesting bombs could be fake:
"Some bomb technicians who studied photos of the device […] suggested that the bomb sent to CNN had hallmarks of fake explosives — the kind more typically depicted on television and in movies, rather than devices capable of detonating" https://t.co/nJ97wDpvs9
— John Ismay (@johnismay) October 25, 2018
8:16 PM — AP reports the powder in package sent to CNN is “harmless”:
A law enforcement official says tests have determined that a powder found inside an envelope delivered to CNN along with a pipe bomb was harmless.
The official wasn’t authorized to discuss the investigation publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
New York City’s police commissioner said earlier Wednesday that the package sent to CNN’s offices in Manhattan contained a live explosive and an envelope containing white powder.
8:11 PM — ATF reports “similar” suspicious package found in Los Angeles.
Members of ATF’s Los Angeles Field Division and @LAPDHQ are responding to a suspicious package similar to today’s investigations. The item was located by postal inspectors in South Central LA. pic.twitter.com/efvmgdEePL
— ATF HQ (@ATFHQ) October 25, 2018
8:08 PM —
— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) October 25, 2018
Trump – who calls reporters "enemies," routinely attacks CNN, and makes no effort to discourage supporters when they chant "CNN sucks" at his rallies – could not bring himself to mention CNN this afternoon or tonight when discussing today's bomb threats. But he blames the media
— West Wing Reports (@WestWingReport) October 25, 2018
8:04 PM — Trump telling journalists to elevate discourse has triggered journalists.
Trump talked about the bombs sent to former public officials at his rally in Wisconsin. But once again he didn’t mention CNN. On top of all that he criticized the “media” for coverage he doesn’t like. And, of course, he took no responsibility for his own rhetoric.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) October 25, 2018
Trump, at his rally, criticizes the media hours after CNN was sent a bomb.
— Tom Namako (@TomNamako) October 25, 2018
8:02 PM — Trump says politicians should not compare their opponents to evil figures from history. Also says media has to end constant negativity and false attacks.
"We should not mob people in public spaces or destroy public property." — @realDonaldTrump
— Amanda House (@AmandaLeeHouse) October 25, 2018
“The media also has a responsibility” Trump says, condemning “negative and false attacks” in their stories
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) October 25, 2018
8:00 PM — President Trump opens Wisconsin rally with further denunciation of Democrat bomb scares — “Any acts or threats of political violence are an attack on our democracy itself.” Says law enforcement will find and prosecute suspects as soon as possible.
7:49 PM — Video of Brennan’s remarks.
Former CIA Director John Brennan speaks out about suspicious package addressed to him, saying he wishes Trump would work to unite country: "Unfortunately, I think Donald Trump too often has helped to incite some of these feelings of anger, if not violence" https://t.co/sGzjisNza9 pic.twitter.com/BBstBQBXeF
— CNN (@CNN) October 24, 2018
7:24 PM —
Senator Doug Jones compares the 1963 church bombing in Birmingham with the pipe bomb scare this week. He says that inflammatory rhetoric by George Wallace and Bull Connor led empowered the KKK in 1963, and that President Trump's rhetoric is a concern… https://t.co/fU33UbPify
— John Sharp (@JohnSharp99) October 24, 2018
7:21 PM — John “the president committed treason” Brennan has some blame to share for today’s events.
Brennan says on stage at an event in Texas that while he applauds Trump's call for unity today, he wishes Trump would have said these things previously. "Unfortunately…Trump has helped incite" anger and acts of violence, Brennan says.
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) October 24, 2018
7:16 PM — Prosecution = assassination, per MSNBC.
Tonight: Trump crowd chants "lock her up" after bomb mailed to Hillary Clinton pic.twitter.com/X4ZiqONhH3
— TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri) October 24, 2018
7:13 PM — Washington Post wins the Subtle Headline of the Day award.
— Ashley Parker (@AshleyRParker) October 24, 2018
7:11 PM — Fox News:
— Debra Heine (@NiceDeb) October 24, 2018
6:47 PM — Abrams Media site Law and Crime claims to have an x-ray image of one of the mailed bombs collected by law enforcement.
— Law & Crime (@lawcrimenews) October 24, 2018
Technicians are waiting to determine whether the devices were wired correctly or if a connection came loose or if they were constructed to provide an illusion that they could function, a highly trained source said.
6:43 PM — It was the best of takes, it was the worst of takes.
Maybe if he's feeling *particularly* saucy tonigh the president can lead the crowd in a boisterous rendition of "Bomb the shit out of them!" or praise some other act of public violence, or make sure we know that there were "very fine people" on both sides of the bombs.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) October 24, 2018
6:42 PM —
.@BetoORourke on mail bombs: "absolutely unacceptable." Sidestepped ? abt whether rhetoric of sort used by Trump, Cruz amps up volatile political atmosphere but sd, "There's just no room for violence in our politics." On Cruz's joke abt sending him to jail, says only: "Yeah." 3/4 pic.twitter.com/DUT23U0o1y
— Bob Garrett (@RobertTGarrett) October 24, 2018
6:29 PM — SHOCK: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) distinguishes between criticism and incitement, fails to virtue signal in sync with CNN.
Yes words matter. Because freedom of speech allows us to air & settle our disagreements & grievances using words INSTEAD of violence. The 1st Amendment protects press freedom,but it doesn’t bestow immunity from criticism. Criticism & calling people to violence are not the same. https://t.co/MFS48bRg75
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) October 24, 2018
6:28 PM —
Neither President Trump nor the White House reached out to former President Obama, the Clintons or any of the other Democratic officials who received pipe bombs, two officials familiar with the matter tell @CNN.
— Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) October 24, 2018
6:23 PM —
— Kevin Donohoe (@kevinsidonohoe) October 24, 2018
6:02 PM — Chuck have take. Chuck say take.
CHUCK: On news of bombs sent to CNN and top Democratic leaders, “It’s hard not to state the obvious here… everyone I’ve mentioned that has been targeted in this incident has been singled out by the president or his chief defenders.” #MTPDaily #MeetTheMidterms pic.twitter.com/kr5d4KyFfD
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) October 24, 2018
5:24 PM — Some very serious online thoughts about the apparent ISIS sticker:
In case you think that the ISIS flag in the @CNN package means that ISIS was behind the bombing, you are probably wrong, the hashtag #CnnIsIsis was very popular amongst far right conspiracy tweeps for a long time in the past year. pic.twitter.com/4x5WiAESoC
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) October 24, 2018
Hate to be the bearer of bad news to folks crowing about the “ISIS flag” sticker on the pipe bomb sent to CNN, but that is not ISIS insignia. It appears to be a parody or imitation. The differences are clearly visible. pic.twitter.com/sEyMBTzpXp
— Sulome Anderson (@SulomeAnderson) October 24, 2018
5:21 PM — Wasserman Schultz responds:
JUST IN: Statement from Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz: "We will not be intimidated by this attempted act of violence. This appalling attack on our democracy must be vigorously prosecuted, and I am deeply disturbed by the way my name was used." https://t.co/09QjC03iAM pic.twitter.com/8VCKellVl7
— ABC News (@ABC) October 24, 2018
5:20 PM — CNN getting out ahead of the possibility that there could be no political angle to the mail bombs. Their take: Trump still owns it.
If the package bomber turns out to be someone with mental health issues, that doesn't mean Pres. Trump is off the hook. If it turns out the bomber was motivated to kill perceived enemies based on recent heated political attacks by officials, those spewing hate share the blame. pic.twitter.com/8LHNYJtARN
— Josh Campbell (@joshscampbell) October 24, 2018
5:19 PM — Playboy columnist hired by CNN for a rant against the White House has a take:
You don't call us "Enemy of the people" and disparage those with differing opinions and then divorce yourself from the ensuing violence. @realDonaldTrump – You Own It!
— Brian J. Karem (@BrianKarem) October 24, 2018
5:16 PM — The takes from Twitter-addict celebs are in!
5:09 PM —
JUST IN: Following wave of pipe bomb packages, New York governor says he is deploying 100 additional National Guardsmen and directing state law enforcement to double security at vital transportation assets across New York "out of an abundance of caution."
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 24, 2018
5:05 PM — Mitt Romney: “Hate acts follow hate speech.”
Disgusting, vile threats and actions against fellow Americans and our institutions are sadly unsurprising: hate acts follow hate speech. It is past time for us to turn down and tune out the rabid rhetoric.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) October 24, 2018
5:02 PM — Voice of America reports authorities are exploring the “ISIS flag” angle noticed on the device sent to CNN’s office.
US counterterrorism officials aware of what looks like it could be an #ISIS flag on suspected bomb sent to @CNN-as tweeted out in this photo from CNN-and is looking into it. BUT official say the early assessment of no indication of a nexus to international terror remains pic.twitter.com/Vne5z1LSZ5
— Jeff Seldin (@jseldin) October 24, 2018
4:56 PM — FBI releases statement strongly suggesting a common sender for all the packages, noting that all had the same return address.
“This investigation is of the highest priority for the FBI. We have committed the full strength of the FBI’s resources and, together with our partners on our Joint Terrorism Task Forces, we will continue to work to identify and arrest whoever is responsible for sending these packages,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray. “We ask anyone who may have information to contact the FBI. Do not hesitate to call; no piece of information is too small to help us in this investigation.”
The packages were mailed in manila envelopes with bubble wrap interior. The packages were affixed with computer-printed address labels and six Forever stamps. All packages had a return address of “DEBBIE WASSERMAN SHULTZ” [sic] in Florida. Packages identified to date were addressed to:
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Former President Barack Obama
Former CIA Director John Brennan, care of CNN
Former Attorney General Eric Holder
The package addressed to former Attorney General Holder did not reach its intended destination, but was rerouted to the return address in Florida.
4:41 PM — Democratic candidate for Congress says Trump must cancel his rally this evening in Wisconsin to prove… something.
4:24 PM — Eli Stokols of the Los Angeles Times asks whether Trump will be “shamed or [feel] any responsibility” for bomb scares.
LA Times' Stokol, MSNBC: Trump 'out there saying Democrats are a mob, that's his closing argument, he's trying to motivate Republican voters to turn out at any cost, he's not going to be shamed by fact-checkers and we'll see if he is shamed or feels any responsibility' for bombs.
— Caleb Howe (@CalebHowe) October 24, 2018
4:21 PM — Democratic leaders say Trump’s condemnation earlier Wednesday afternoon is not enough.
In joint statement, Senate and House Minority Leaders Schumer and Pelosi say President Trump's comments today on the wave of pipe bomb packages “ring hollow until he reverses his statements that condone acts of violence.” https://t.co/hK4Eecmjdo pic.twitter.com/DjbunZS0AR
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 24, 2018
4:20 PM — More analysis without facts.
4:17 PM — Newsweek breaks out the cork board and red strings.
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) October 24, 2018
4:11 PM — Political cartoonist Jim Carrey weighs in.
Today they tried to murder two Presidents as well as public servants and journalists. Make no mistake, these terrorists were encouraged and emboldened by the hate speech of Donald Trump. If you can’t see the clear menace of this man’s influence by now then you are a part of it. pic.twitter.com/L7kYcpcPKO
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) October 24, 2018
3:54 PM — Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) is in New York City today.
GOP Sen. Jeff Flake: “Words matter. And particularly when they are spoken by those at the top of government. What the President says matters and if he were to take a more civil tone, it would make a difference” https://t.co/VKBIQTWb85 pic.twitter.com/0TSEJTOrTN
— CNN (@CNN) October 24, 2018
3:49 PM — CNN President Jeff Zucker blames Trump. “There is a total and complete lack of understanding at the White House about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media.”
Statement from CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker: pic.twitter.com/OXyIT6oSLT
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) October 24, 2018
3:41 PM — Maxine Waters says FBI has confirmed a suspicious package was addressed to her.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 24, 2018
3:29 PM —
The CNN building in New York has been reopened following a security sweep.
— erica orden (@eorden) October 24, 2018
3:27 PM — The package sent to CNN in New York also contained an unknown powder substance.
Powder being tested in mail room @CNN #TimeWarnerCenter
Device in package was contained & removed ..powder being tested now downstairs..mail room area still being contained..field tests, packaging it up for safe removal and de-con of area and anybody in contact with it. pic.twitter.com/CVmslJ9btO
— Ashleigh Banfield (@TVAshleigh) October 24, 2018
3:15 PM —
Thank you to the @SecretService and all law enforcement agencies who responded to this week's incidents. They work tirelessly to keep our country and communities safe. I am forever grateful for their efforts.
— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) October 24, 2018
3:12 PM — Hot takes heating up.
"We're in an era now where violence seems to have license by the President of the United States."
– Steve Israel, fmr. New York Democratic congressman https://t.co/TLs3N3IaKR
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) October 24, 2018
3:04 PM — Fox News internal memo declares solidarity with CNN: “We condemn all attempted acts of violence against media organizations and our thoughts are with CNN for the safety of all of their employees.”
3:02 PM — Breitbart’s Charlie Spiering reports that after the event, a White House pool reporter asked President Trump if he would classify these mail bombs as “domestic terrorism.” Trump did not respond to the question.
2:55 PM — The top Twitter trend in the U.S. is currently “#MAGABomber.” No suspect or motive has yet been confirmed for any of the explosive devices.
2:53 PM — Journalists are eager to blame these mail bombs on President Trump.
There was an extended chant of “CNN SUCKS” from supporters at Pres Trump’s rally in Texas on Monday. It’s a familiar refrain. Key question ahead of tonight’s rally here in Central Wisconsin, which is so far on as scheduled, is whether that rhetoric will be condemned or encouraged
— Betsy Klein (@betsy_klein) October 24, 2018
— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) October 24, 2018
Just another day in Trump’s America.
— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) October 24, 2018
2:51 PM — First Lady Melania Trump condemned the string of “cowardly attacks” before the president’s remarks at the same press event.
— CSPAN (@cspan) October 24, 2018
2:46 PM — Military expert says an Islamic State flag is visible on the explosive device photographed inside CNN’s New York City office.
ISIS flag clearly visible on the bomb. https://t.co/YCCCkTUIQj
— Jason Buttrill (@JasonButtrill) October 24, 2018
2:20 PM — So far, this week:
• Authorities in New York safely detonated a bomb sent to the home of progressive billionaire activist George Soros on Monday.
• A suspicious package addressed to the Chappaqua home of Bill and Hillary Clinton was intercepted. The Associated Press says that, contrary to early reports, the package was singled out at a nearby facility, not at the Clintons’ home.
• The Secret Service intercepted a suspicious package addressed to Barack Obama’s residence in Washington, DC.
• A mail bomb addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan was opened in the offices of CNN at the Time Warner Center in New York City. The building has been evacuated.
• The return address on the CNN parcel is the Florida office of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL). One package has reportedly gone to this address after it was sent to former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
• Reports suspected similar packages were sent to Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) but were false alarms.
• Unconfirmed reports say that a package addressed to Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) was intercepted at a Maryland sorting facility.
• The White House has denounced the attempted bombings, with Press Secretary Sarah Sanders calling them “cowardly” and “despicable.” President Donald Trump said “acts and threats of political violence have no place in the United States of America.”
• A CNN report claimed that a pipe bomb was intercepted on its way to the White House, but the story turned out to be false.