CNN critical of White House after NYC office evacuated

Rosalie Gross
October 27, 2018

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.

In Miami, also late Thursday, police sent a bomb squad to a US Postal Service facility to assist federal agents "as part of the ongoing investigation into suspicious packages" found elsewhere, the Miami-Dade Police said on Twitter.

Over the past 48 hours, authorities have reported finding explosive devices at the homes of left-wing activist and businessman George Soros, as well as former President Barack Obama and the NY home of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

A police bomb squad removed the package addressed to Brennan on Wednesday from CNN's NY office, which was evacuated.

Over a 72-hour period, devices were also discovered addressed to prominent liberal critics of President Donald Trump, including former president Barack Obama, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and Rep. Even as he was arrested and charged, investigators scrutinized new suspicious packages believed to be tied to his plot.

And on the other side of the spectrum, Republican congressman and House majority whip Steve Scalise was one of several people wounded in June 2017 by a rifle-toting left-wing activist who died in the ensuing shootout with police.

Suspected pipe bombs have been sent to all three of them, and at least five others, all of whom have criticized Trump and been criticized by him. Trump said. "We're all behaving very well, and hopefully we can keep it that way, right?"

The 12th package, which was similar to the others, was addressed to both the former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and to CNN, according to a law enforcement official.

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Sweeney said all of the devices were being sent to the FBI's crime lab in Quantico, Virginia, for analysis. Shortly after, the USA media outlet CNN reported that a suspicious device found at its offices in NY has been removed from the site.

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'. Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Wednesday morning. The scripted message was a dissonant one for the president, who has repeatedly blasted his political opponents as criminals and argued that they will destroy the country if they win control of Congress in the midterms. Reports have suggested that this is also due to a suspicious package.

Trump said he was briefed by the Secret Service, Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, and a major federal investigation is under way. What, so far, are police in NY saying about that one?

Officials described the devices as PVC pipes stuffed with what appeared to be fireworks powder and glass.

The explosive devices were packed in envelopes with bubble-wrap interiors bearing six stamps and the return address of Florida Rep. Footage showed officials in Plantation towing away a van with stickers that featured images of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

It is unclear who the package was addressed to, said cops. The package was returned to the Democratic congresswoman because her office was the return label on the package, two law enforcement sources said. Nor would they say why none of the packages had detonated, but they stressed they were still treating them as "live devices".

The White House condemned the bomb scares, and in a strongly-worded statement, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said: "We condemn the attempted violent attacks recently made against President Obama, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and other public figures". And the NYPD is telling me that it also is similar to other packages that have been discovered this week and, specifically, it contains a device that was similar to what was recovered from CNN's office in NY yesterday. Some were discovered in mail processing facilities.

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