Robert De Niro & Joe Biden Among Latest To Receive "Suspicious Packages"

26 October, 2018, 00:05 | Author: Conrad Doyle
  • Secret Service: Suspicious packages sent to Clintons, Obamas

Before the De Niro and Biden packages were in police custody Thursday, authorities said seven pipe bombs stashed in manila envelopes were discovered this week addressed to six prominent Trump critics: Former President Barack Obama; former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; former Attorney General Eric Holder; Democratic US Rep. Maxine Waters (one to her California office and one to her office in Washington); former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan (sent to CNN's NY offices); and billionaire investor and Democratic donor George Soros.

NY police released a photo Wednesday of the bomb received at CNN headquarters, and based on these details security personnel at De Niro's Tribeca Productions office in lower Manhattan called 911 at about 5 a.m. today to report a similar-looking package.

Authorities swept Biden's Greenville, Del., home Wednesday and found nothing suspicious, the Delaware News Journal reported.

NY police are investigating a suspicious package addressed to the actor De Niro and sent to his Tribeca property Thursday morning.

Packages to Biden were found at two different post offices, one in New Castle and the other in Wilmington.

Sources told CBS News the package appeared to be from the same sender who targeted former USA presidents and other prominent Democrats earlier this week.

Former CIA Director John Brennan, prominent Democratic Party donor George Soros and California Representative Maxine Waters, an outspoken critic of Trump, were also targets.

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All the people who were targeted are frequently maligned by right-wing critics, including former USA president Barack Obama, former secretary of state and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Obama's attorney general Eric Holder.

Authorities said on Wednesday the pipe bombs were packed with shards of glass and were intercepted. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

X-ray images showed that the package addressed to De Niro contained a device similar to the pipe bombs found in other packages.

Police were called at 4:45 a.m. Thursday about the package, which was on the building's seventh floor.

The pipe bombs were sent to a mix of offices and residential addresses, and appeared to target some of the people President Donald Trump most criticizes.

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The FBI said late on Wednesday it had confirmed that two additional packages, similar in appearance to the others, were addressed to Waters.

CNN reported the package sent to De Niro had similar markings to the pipe bomb sent to the network yesterday.

The investigation to find the person or persons who has sent these packages has widened to the New York, Washington, Florida, and Los Angeles areas.

In June, 75-year-old De Niro received a standing ovation at the Tony Awards in NY for using an expletive to condemn Mr Trump. The five packages discovered Tuesday and Wednesday had a similar return address: That of Democratic Rep. "Those engaged in the political arena must stop treating political opponents as being morally defective".

The flurry of mail bomb activity has sparked the creation of a federal task force to hunt for the source of the packages.

Barack Obama: The package sent to Obama was intercepted in Washington, DC, during routine mail screening procedures, the Secret Service said.

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