Pipe Bombs Sent to Prominent Democrats, Trump Critics Recovered The bombs were sent to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and George Soros among others


THE FEDERAL Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has confirmed that Democratic Representative Maxine Waters of California was sent two packages with PVC pipe bombs inside them. This is in addition to the five other bombs that were recovered from multiple locations in New York, Washington DC and Florida.

According to a statement released by the FBI, the packages were delivered in a manila envelope with a bubble wrap interior. The address labels were computer-generated and the return address on each package was “DEBBIE WASSERMAN SHULTZ” [sic] in Florida.

Debbie Wasserman Shultz is a South Florida Congresswoman and is a member of the Democratic Party. Her office, too, received a suspicious package, the Independent reported.

Package Bombs
Exterior of one of the suspicious packages. Photo: FBI

Similar packages were intercepted on Wednesday by the US Secret Service at the residences of former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as was a package sent earlier and addressed to former attorney general Eric Holder and businessman and philanthropist George Soros.

The CNN office in New York housed in the Time Warner Centre was evacuated on Wednesday when a suspicious package was found in their mailroom. The package was addressed to the former CIA director John Brennan.

Incidentally, Brennan, who is a vociferous Trump critic, is an analyst for NBC News and not CNN. President Trump had revoked Brennan’s security clearance in August after he publically criticised  Trump.

CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker in several statements informed the public of the investigation being conducted at the building. Zucker said that CNN bureaus around the world were also being checked “out of a complete abundance of caution.”

Multi-agency Investigation

The investigation as to who sent the packages is currently underway with the FBI saying it is “of the highest priority”.

“We have committed the full strength of the FBI’s resources and, together with our partners on our Joint Terrorism Task Forces, we will continue to work to identify and arrest whoever is responsible for sending these packages,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray.

A law enforcement official told The Associated Press (AP) that the bombs were packed with powder and shards of glass. The PVC pipes were about six inches long and covered in black tape. There was also a small battery, similar to a watch battery, inside the package.

New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill told reporters during a press conference that they were reviewing the footage from security cameras in the area to ascertain the identity of the courier who delivered the package to the CNN office.

Trump Responds

In a press statement, Trump condemning the attempted attacks said the “safety of the American people is my highest and absolute priority.” He elaborated that a major federal investigation was underway and that “the full weight of our government is being deployed to conduct this investigation and bring those responsible for these despicable acts to justice.”

However, several critics have blamed Trump’s hateful rhetoric and constant attack on the media for the bombs.

“There is a total and complete lack of understanding at the White House about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media. The President, and especially the White House Press Secretary, should understand their words matter. Thus far, they have shown no comprehension of that.” Jeff Zucker, President CNN Worldwide said.

All those targetted are prominent Democrats and Trump critics and have been subjected to attacks and vitriol by Trump, Republican party members and allies, as well as the right-wing media.

Soros, who is a prominent liberal donor, was recently accused by Matt Gaetz, a Republican congressman from Florida, of funding the caravan of Central American migrants making its way to the American border.

Brennan, too, recently took to Twitter to call out Trump and urged Americans to v0te to make a difference in the upcoming mid-term elections.

The attempted attacks have added to the already tense political climate just two weeks ahead of the mid-term elections even as a multi-agency task force investigates these attacks.




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