After Suspicious Packages, Trump Urges Civility While Blaming 'Fake News' Media

27 October, 2018, 15:41 | Author: Conrad Doyle
  • 039;Potential explosive devices' sent to Obama and Hillary Clinton Secret Service says

The evacuation came on the heels of Wednesday's bomb scare, in which an explosive device addressed to former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan was discovered in CNN's mail room.

A senior law enforcement official in NY, describing the device sent to CNN, said the device intercepted in CNN's basement mailroom resembled the others: "Same package".

Some of the recipients suspicious packages: Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Hillary Clinton, George Soros, Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Maxine Waters, Andrew Cuomo, John Brennan.

Trump didn't mention the suspicious package sent to CNN - who he frequently brands as "fake news" during his campaign rallies - which caused the cable network's NY bureau to be evacuated on Wednesday.

Attempting a bipartisan pause during a divisive campaign season, Trump called for unity after crude pipe bombs targeting Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, CNN and others were intercepted Tuesday and Wednesday.

WANG: Well, the source we spoke to - our colleague Ryan Lucas - did confirm that it does resemble other suspicious packages that have been discovered this week.

Last year Republican Congressman Steve Scalise was shot when a gunman opened fire during training for a Congressional baseball game in Washington. That device was constructed from a length of pipe about 6 inches long filled with explosive powder, and it was "proactively detonated" by bomb squad technicians, according to one of the officials, all of whom were briefed on the investigation.

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"We're all behaving very well, and hopefully we can keep it that way", he insisted.

Former CIA director John Brennan, who was sent the pipe bomb care of CNN, assailed Trump for attacking the media. The devices were being examined by technicians at the FBI's forensic lab in Quantico, Virginia.

In response to the events, Trump decried political violence but also joked about moving to more polite speeches.

The package was delivered by courier, law enforcement sources said.

He added that a similar device was sent to his office in NY.

The president revoked Brennan's security clearance after the ex-CIA chief, a veteran intelligence official in Democratic and Republican administrations, lambasted Trump's Russian Federation summit performance as 'nothing short of treasonous'. Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!'

The complaint also included details suggesting Sayoc's antipathy toward the people and organizations targeted, including CNN, where one packaged was found and another addressed.

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Chappaqua police said authorities in New Castle assisted the FBI, the Secret Service and Westchester County police with the investigation into the package sent to Clinton.

"Have you ever seen this?"

The politics belied the life-and-death nature of the growing list of bombing targets in New York, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Florida and California.

Law enforcement officials said all the packages were similar: manila envelopes with bubble-wrap interior bearing six stamps and the return address of Florida Representative Schultz.

An amateur body builder and former stripper who once spent time on probation for a bomb threat charge, Sayoc first registered as a Republican voter just ahead of the March 2016 Republican primary and quickly identified himself as a proud Trump supporter, tweeting and posting on Facebook videos that appear to show him at Trump rallies.

CNN reports: "It was not immediately clear who the package was addressed to, but CNN evacuated its newsroom as a precaution".

Several of the devices were intercepted by the US Secret Service which meant that neither President Obama, nor President Clinton and his family were in danger of receiving the packages.

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Earlier in the day, press secretary Sarah Sanders and Vice-President Mike Pence both tweeted written statements condemning the attacks, but Trump was strangely silent, offering only a retweet of Pence with the exclamation, "I agree completely!" Some were discovered in mail processing facilities. Just two days earlier, CNN's offices in NY were evacuated when the package for Brennan, addressed to him at the network, was found in the mailroom.



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