Investigators were scrambling Wednesday morning to determine the source of several potential package bombs sent to well-known political figures and a mainstream media outlet and doing what they could to prevent more from reaching their intended targets. Reports of a suspicious package address to the White House were later said to be incorrect.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Secret Service revealed that they had intercepted two “suspicious packages” addressed to former President Obama’s office and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s house. It’s unclear which day those interceptions occurred.
CNN journalists and employees were sent scrambling to evacuate their headquarters at the Time Warner Center in New York after a package with an explosive device was discovered in their mailroom, according to CNN. That package was addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan, who served during the Obama administration.
During a press conference around 1 p.m. Eastern, the NYPD commissioner described the package as containing what "appeared to be a live explosive device" and "an envelope containing white powder."
While it has not been confirmed that all the bomb-like devices found in the packages were capable of detonation, CNN’s law enforcement sources say they all bear similarities to each other and a package sent to billionaire Democratic donor George Soros on Tuesday.
A fifth suspicious package was discovered at former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’ near Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Wednesday, according to CBS Miami. The bomb squad was called in and the building was evacuated.
It’s unclear if that fifth package was similar to the other four. Oddly enough, the package sent to Soros had Schultz’ return address on them. Authorities say there’s no indication Schultz was the actual sender. Schultz resigned her position at the DNC after emails were leaked showing she favored Hillary over Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
It was later determined that the suspicious package sent to Schultz was actually intended for former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. According to NBC News, it got sent to the wrong address and was sent back to the return address, which was Schultz'.
Then early Wednesday afternoon, news broke of a sixth suspicious package, this one near Sen. Kamala Harris’ (D-Calif.) office. Her office building, which also houses the San Diego Union-Tribune, was evacuated, according to CNN. It was later determined that the package was not addressed to her.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says his office also received a suspicious package, possibly an eight package bomb, according to the AP. It was later determined to just be a normal package with material about The Proud Boys group, PIX 11 reported.
A package Rep. Maxine Waters' (D-Calif.) office received Wednesday afternoon was determined was not hazardous but did have similarities to the other package bombs It was labeled "Anne Thrax,' according to CNN.
Trump responded to the attacks by “wholeheartedly” agreeing with a message of condemnation Vice President Mike Pence tweeted. During a speech later, he called the acts "abhorrent" and said, "We're extremely angry, upset, unhappy about what we witnessed this morning, and we will get to the bottom of it."
Pence wrote, “We condemn the attempted attacks against fmr Pres Obama, the Clintons, @CNN & others. These cowardly actions are despicable & have no place in this Country. Grateful for swift response of @SecretService, @FBI & local law enforcement. Those responsible will be brought to justice.”