Trump Hits `Lowly Rated CNN' in Pre-Dawn Tweet Over Pipe Bombs

Trump Hits `Lowly Rated CNN' in Pre-Dawn Tweet Over Pipe Bombs

Even before his Friday tweet bemoaning slacking Republican momentum, Trump came under criticism from the left for tempering calls for unity in the wake of the attacks, by lashing out at the press for stirring up "anger". Officers swiftly covered the van in a blue tarpaulin.

Speaking at the Justice Department Friday morning, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said various agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Secret Service, were "working tirelessly" to investigate the packages.

He told CNN on Friday morning that the devices sent to prominent critics of Mr Trump in recent days were "definitely domestic terrorism". He said bombers tend to plot methodically. In 2002, the Miami police arrested him for a bomb threat, a felony.

Sarah Isgur Flores, a spokeswoman for the Justice Department, said, "We can confirm one person is in custody". "I am very proud of some of the people that were, if he had said anything along those lines, I certainly would have noted it". "I'm committed to doing everything in my power as President to stop it".

Law enforcement officials told The Associated Press that the devices, containing timers and batteries, were not rigged like booby-trapped package bombs that would explode upon opening. Police covered a van believed to be Sayoc's and towed it from the scene. Soros has called Trump's presidency "dangerous".

And, just as the other packages, the one sent to De Niro had six American-flag stamps arrayed in two rows.

One package was addressed to Cory Booker, a prominent Democratic senator widely touted as a future presidential candidate and discovered in a Florida facility. On Friday, postal officials intercepted the package for Clapper, a CNN contributor, before it could reach the CNN offices, where it was addressed, according to the network.

A suspicious white powder found in an envelope along with the device sent to Brennan and CNN was tested and found not to be anthrax or other known agents, a source said.

The package intended for Clapper also was addressed to CNN, a law enforcement official said.

Authorities have intercepted at least 10 packages.

Some packages are thought to have been sent through first-class mail, another source familiar with the investigation said. Devices have also been sent to former President Barack Obama, former Vice-President Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton and CNN.

"I thank God no one's been hurt, and I thank the fearless and resourceful security and law enforcement people for protecting us", De Niro said of the incident in a statement obtained by EW.

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He added, "There's something more powerful than bombs, and that's your vote".

Bomb squad and canine units joined Federal Bureau of Investigation agents late on Thursday to examine a sprawling U.S. mail distribution centre at Opa-Locka, northwest of Miami, Miami-Dade County police said.

DNA evidence reportedly links the unnamed mail to the suspicious packages.

Homeland Security Director Kirstjen Nielsen, in an interview on Thursday night with Fox News Channel, acknowledged that some of packages originated in Florida. "I don't know. I heard he was a person that preferred me over others, but I did not see that".

Soros, the target of the first device, has always been a hate figure for right-wing groups and lives in Bedford, New York, not far from the Clintons.

The person's name was not immediately released, but an official said the suspect is a man in his 50s. Two packages were sent to her.

Investigators are specifically looking at the southern part of the state of Florida as a source of some of the packages, according to media reports.

The FBI said Thursday that the package addressed to De Niro and the two addressed to Biden were "similar in appearance to the others".

So far no one has been hurt.

Officials on Thursday declined to say whether the devices were intended to detonate or were meant to scare people, but they repeatedly urged the public to view them as if they could pose a threat.

A bomb squad unit removed a package that was addressed to the Hollywood actor at his office in Manhattan.

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