Potential Explosive Devices Sent To CNN, Clintons, Obama

Two explosive devices were found in the mail sent to former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton in Chappaqua, N.Y. and to former president Barack Obama.

Another suspicious package was found in the Time Warner Centre in New York, which houses CNN’s New York Bureau, prompting an evacuation.

A source familiar with the issue told Reuters there was no suspicious package addressed to the White House, despite previous reports that one had been intercepted at an off-site facility.

The White House condemned the incidents in a statement, calling them “terrorizing acts” and saying they will be investigated. Officials say President Donald Trump has been briefed on the situation.

“These terrorizing acts are despicable, and anyone responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. “The United States Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies are investigating and will take all appropriate actions to protect anyone threatened by these cowards.”

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The device found near the home of Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, was found Tuesday night and described as an IED, according to NY1. The New York Times reports a technician who screens the couple’s mail found the bomb.

The FBI, Secret Service and New Castle Police Department are investigating the incident. The FBI confirmed they are investigating in a statement on Twitter.

A similar device was sent to the Obama’s office in Washington D.C. and was intercepted by agents, the Secret Service confirmed.

“The packages were immediately identified during routine mail screening procedures as potential explosive devices and were appropriately handled as such,” the Secret Service said in a statement. “The protectees did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them.”

CNN reported that the suspicious package mailed to the Time Warner building did enter their building.

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The potential bombs were found two days after an explosive device was found in the mailbox at a home owned by George Soros, the liberal billionaire philanthropist who has been denounced by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Soros was not home at the time and officials detonated that device safely.

A law enforcement official told the New York Times the device found near the Clinton home was similar to the one found near Soros’ home.

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Laura Silber, a spokeswoman for Soros’ Open Society Foundations, blamed the country’s toxic political environment for the incident on Tuesday.

“The hateful rhetoric that dominates politics in the U.S. and in so many countries around the world breeds extremism and violence,” Silber said in a statement. “In this climate of fear, falsehoods and rising authoritarianism, just voicing your views can draw death threats.”

In recent days and weeks, Soros has been accused of being the hidden hand behind some of the opposition to Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination and helping to create the caravan of Central Americans making their way toward the U.S.

Earlier this year, the Clinton‘s house was the scene of a small fire.

*With files from the Associated Press and Reuters

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