An Explosive Device Was Sent to Anti-Trumper Robert De Niro

Hannah Rogers
October 27, 2018

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

The first in the series of explosive devices was found Monday in a mailbox outside the NY home of billionaire philanthropist George Soros, a major donor to Democratic candidates.

A suspicious device was sent to actor Robert De Niro in New York City, WCBS-TV reported, citing sources, and police are investigating.

A second package addressed to Biden was been intercepted at a mail facility in Wilmington, Delaware.

The FBI confirmed Thursday morning that two packages were addressed to Biden and one was addressed to De Niro, and that they were similar in appearance to others.

So far, no one has been hurt.

"Time and time again, the president has condoned physical violence and divided Americans with his words and his actions", Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House of Representatives top Democrat Nancy Pelosi said in a statement on Wednesday.

Trump blamed his opponentsDespite a chaotic day of an attempted large-scale attack on prominent Democratic figures, Trump pointed the finger at his opponents and the news media for the turbulent national political environment. "Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!"

It comes after 24 hours of chaos with up to nine suspicious parcels - some containing crudely built pipe bombs - intercepted before reaching targets including former US President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Mr Obama's attorney-general Eric Holder.

At least one of the packages sent to Biden also had an incorrect address and was being redirected to Wasserman Schultz when investigators intercepted it in DE, officials said.

A source familiar with the investigation confirms that at least two suspicious packages addressed to former Vice President Biden were found at two separate postal facilities in DE on Thursday.

CNN critical of White House after NYC office evacuated
Nor would they say why none of the packages had detonated, but they stressed they were still treating them as "live devices". Even as he was arrested and charged, investigators scrutinized new suspicious packages believed to be tied to his plot.

David Chipman, a retired federal ATF agent and now senior policy adviser for the Giffords Center, said the details revealed telltale signs that could help guide investigators.

The package sent to CNN contained a live explosive, with wires and a black pipe, and an envelope with white powder, officials said. There's also been no immediate claim of responsibility.

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".

Hillary Clinton: Authorities intercepted suspicious device sent to Clinton's NY suburban home late on Tuesday.

Trump's relentless criticism of the news media was seen as a factor in turning CNN into a target.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) said on the package was removed, but a heavy police presence was still expected in the area.

"I hope there's a couple [of segments] where I interrogate [Trump], I arrest him, and then I take him to jail", the actor said. Officials say investigators are analyzing the materials from that effort.

"Let's get along", he said.

United States news network CNN also announced Wednesday that it had evacuated its NY bureau over a suspicious package.

A suspicious package was sent to a restaurant belonging to Robert De Niro. He recently endorsed the body-slamming of a reporter and routinely denounces critical press as "fake news". The package, now considered suspicious because of similarities to others, was misaddressed and returned to sender.

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