Secret Service Intercepts ‘Suspicious Packages’ Addressed to Obama, Clinton

Secret Service Intercepts ‘Suspicious Packages’ Addressed to Obama, Clinton

The Secret Service intercepted two packages that were addressed to former President Obama's home in Washington and Bill and Hillary Clinton's residence in Westchester County, New York.

Neither the Clintons nor the Obamas had been at risk of receiving the packages because of screening procedures, the Secret Service said.

Suspicious packages have been seized in New York, Washington, D.C., Florida and California.

Another package was sent to Time Warner's NY offices that host CNN, the channel reported.

The evacuation comes shortly after the Secret Service confirmed that similar devices were sent to former United States President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

FBI officers investigating the serial mail bomber found two more suspicious packages on Friday, bringing the total to 12. One was found at the home of George Soros earlier in the week.

"There is a total and complete lack of understanding at the White House about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media", CNN President Jeff Zucker said in a statement read on CNN.

"These terrorizing acts are despicable, and anyone responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law", press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that that referred to the senders as "these cowards".

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None of the explosives detonated, and no one was hurt, but authorities quickly launched a wide-ranging investigation into the devices that targeted multiple Democrats - including two former presidents - and foes of President Donald Trump's administration ahead of the November 6 midterm elections. Trump again referred to Clinton as "Crooked Hillary" on Friday night when he listed Democrats who supposedly had supported building a wall on the USA border with Mexico. Later in the day, the Federal Bureau of Investigation specified that the explosive devices appeared to be pipe bombs.

The packages addressed to Obama and Clinton were meant to arrive at their residences.

On Wednesday, explosives were found in mail addressed to Hillary Clinton, the Obamas, and CNN.

The device sent to Mrs Clinton was similar to the one found on Monday at Mr Soros' home, the Times reported, citing a law enforcement official.

Melania Trump has likewise condemned "all forms of violence" and has praised law enforcement for their heroism.

Brennan, a vocal Trump critic and frequent contributor to the network was scheduled to appear on CNN on Wednesday, US media report.

"The people of NY city will not be intimidated", de Blasio said.

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