My duty is to keep America safe: Trump on bomb threats

Mailbox outside George Soros house. Credit PA

We have confirmation now of two more suspicious packages that were found this morning.

- Investigators searched coast-to-coast Thursday for the culprit and motives behind the freakish mail-bomb plot aimed at critics of the president, analyzing the innards of the crude devices to reveal whether they were meant to detonate or simply sow fear two weeks before Election Day.

Following the reports, the police stated that the package appeared to have an explosive device and an envelope with white powder inside.

When asked why Sayoc allegedly targeted Democrats, Sessions said he "appears to be a partisan, but that would be determined by the facts as the case goes forward". "As far as hoax devices, we're not treating it that way". It matches the description of those sent to the other officials.

A package addressed to Harris found Friday at a Sacramento mail facility was the 13th device officials said they had linked to Sayoc. 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.

The packages addressed to Biden were intercepted at DE mail facilities in New Castle and Wilmington, according to a law enforcement official who, like others, wasn't authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Bomb squads "proactively detonated" the suspected pipe bomb safely.

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Former CIA director John Brennan and ex-attorney general Eric Holder joined Obama, Clinton and billionaire Democratic philanthropist George Soros on Wednesday as would-be recipients of packages containing what authorities described as crude pipe bombs.

Biden once said he would have fought Trump if they were in high school, while De Niro received a loud ovation when he hurled an obscenity at Trump at the Tony Awards in June. Trump shot back at him on Twitter.

CNN's NY bureau in the Time Warner Center was evacuated shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday after the discovery of a package containing a bomb, said law enforcement officials.

The first crude bomb to be discovered had been delivered Monday to the suburban NY compound of George Soros, a liberal billionaire and major contributor to Democratic causes.

Soros' Open Society Foundations has been a financial supporter of NPR. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's Florida office as the return address, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation - and the package intended for Holder wound up being rerouted there, where it was found Wednesday.

Ms Wasserman Shultz was the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, but resigned from her position after the release of DNC emails during the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign. She said she was "deeply disturbed by the way my name was used".

The attacks overtook other news in an already-tense political season that could reshape Congress and serve as a referendum on the first two years of Trump's presidency.

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"Let's get along", he said. "There's no reason to be afraid".

In the package police found an envelope with white powder and a working explosive device. Debbie Wasserman Schultz was evacuated Wednesday after a suspicious package was mailed there. They originated, some of them, from Florida, ' she said. That isn't enough, he explained. "I'm not seeing that second power source".

The news of the devices set off a small wave of false reports.

Law enforcement officials say they're increasing security for people or organizations that might be targeted. But Democratic Senate and House leaders Chuck Schumer of NY and Nancy Pelosi of California said such words "ring hollow" when coming from Trump. Amid that backdrop, some at CNN were angered by an initial tweet by Sanders that condemned "the attempted violent attacks recently made against President Obama, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton and other public officials".

Trump has been briefed about the investigation.

"The matter is now under federal investigation", the police said in a statement, referring questions to the FBI.

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