Just In: Letter Bombs Sent To The Obamas And Clintons

Suspected explosive devices were sent to former US President Barack Obama and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the US Secret Service has said.It comes two days after a bomb was found at the home of liberal philanthropist and financier George Soros in the suburbs of New York City. The devices were discovered by technicians who screen mail sent to the former US officials. The Time Warner building in New York was also evacuated due to a package. CNN, which is located in the Time Warner building, evacuated its newsroom over the incident, CNN president Jeff Zucker confirmed in a statement.When asked about the pattern of these attempted attacks during a news conference, New York Police Commissioner O’Neill said law enforcement is proactively contacting people to ensure other mail rooms “follow proper protocol”. The FBI in New York said they were aware of the suspected packages, and that their Joint Terrorism Task force is aiding in the investigation. The packages were addressed to former President Obama, ex-Secretary Clinton and former CIA Director John Brennan. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo confirmed during the news conference that a package containing an explosive device had also been sent to his Manhattan office, adding that it was “being handled”. The packages to Mr Obama and Mrs Clinton were intended to arrive at their residences. FBI Special Agent Bryan Paarman told reporters the device for Mr Brennan, which appeared to be live, had been sent to CNN’s mailroom. One of the packages sent today had listed Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz as the sender.Law enforcement officials are currently investigating an additional suspicious package at the congresswoman’s office in Sunrise, Florida. Mr Brennan was scheduled to appear on CNN on Wednesday, US media report. Mr Brennan, is a frequent contributor to the network and has become a vocal critic of Mr Trump since leaving office. According to a statement from the US Secret Service, the package addressed to Mrs Clinton was recovered late on 23 October. “Early this morning, October 24, 2018, a second package addressed to the residence of Former President Barack Obama was intercepted by Secret Service personnel in Washington, DC,” the statement adds. “Both packages were intercepted prior to being delivered to their intended location. The protectees did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them.” These attempted attacks come two days after a confirmed pipe bomb was discovered in a mailbox at the home of Mr Soros, who has been criticised by right-wing groups for supporting liberal causes.Photo Credit: Getty

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