So scary! A suspicious package was found at Bill and Hillary Clinton’s suburban home, and another was sent to Barack Obama’s office, as well as CNN headquarters. Here’s what we know.
UPDATE 3: Cesar Sayok Jr.‘s arrest came after authorities found a fingerprint on one of the envelopes, which had explosives inside, that had been sent to Rep. Maxine Waters. Another bomb had also been found addressed to Democratic donor Tom Steyer at a California mail facility.
UPDATE 2: A second suspicious package that was sent to California Democratic Rep Maxine Waters was found in a downtown L.A. mail sorting facility, according to the New York Post. The package was found by postal inspectors at the Los Angeles Central Mail facility in the downtown area of the city on Oct. 24, causing an evacuation, and authorities said it was similar to the ones sent to other Democratic politicians earlier in the day in Washington D.C. and New York. A different suspicious package also addressed to Waters was received earlier today at a congressional mail facility in Maryland.
UPDATE: Suspicious devices have now been intercepted at the White House and at CNN’s headquarters in New York City, according to CNN. The CNN building has been evacuated, and said in a statement, “The device sent to Time Warner Center was constructed with a pipe and wires, according to an NYPD source. Law enforcement authorities are treating the device as a real explosive. The device was discovered in the mailroom of Time Warner Center in New York.” In addition, a similar package was sent to Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, although CNN claims this is because her office was the return address on a package meant for former Attorney General Eric Holder. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has also received a suspicious package. Of all the targets, Hillary was the first to make a statement. “Many of you and others across our country have asked after me and my family, and I’m very grateful for that,” she said at a campaign event in Miami. “We are fine, thanks to the men and women of the Secret Service. It is a troubling time, isn’t it? And it’s a time of deep divisions, and we have to do everything we can do to bring our country together,
The White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, made a statement regarding these suspicious packages. “We condemn the attempted violent attacks recently made against President Obama, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and other public figures,” she said. “These terrorizing acts are despicable, and anyone responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. The United States Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies are investigating and will take all appropriate actions to protect anyone threatened by these cowards.”
Donald Trump, 72, tweeted that he agreed wholeheartedly before making an official statement. “The safety of the American people is my highest and absolute priority,” he said. “The full weight of our government is being deployed to conduct and bring those responsible for these despicable acts to justice. We will spare no resources or expense in this effort. And I wanted to tell you that, in these times, we have to unify, we have to come together, and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message, that that acts or threats of political violence have no place in the United States of America.”
ORIGINAL: Hillary Clinton, 70, and Bill Clinton, 72, were mailed a very suspicious package to their Chappaqua, New York estate on the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 24, according to the New York Times. But they weren’t the only ones to receive explosive devices in the mail! A similar package was also sent to former president Barack Obama‘s office in Washington D.C. Fortunately, both were intercepted before reaching Bill, Hillary or Barack. The Secret Service issued a statement detailing their procedures shortly after the scary news broke.
“The U.S. Secret Service has intercepted two suspicious packages addressed to Secret Service protectees,” the statement said. “Late on October 23, 2018, the Secret Service recovered a single package addressed to Former First Lady Hillary Clinton in Westchester County, New York. Early this morning, October 24, 2018, a second packafe addressed to the residence of Former President Barack Obama was intercepted by Secret Service personnel in Washington D.C. The packages were immediately identified during routine mail screening procedures as potential explosive devices and were appropriately handled as such. The protectees did not receive the packages, nor were they at risk of receiving them. The Secret Service has initiated a full scope criminal investigation that will leverage all available federal, state and local resources to determine the source of the packages and identify those responsible.”
On Monday, Oct. 22, another explosive device was found at the home of George Soros, a billionaire philanthropist. His home, like Bill and Hillary’s, is in Westchester County. At this time, it is not known whether any — or all three — of these suspicious packages are related, or who sent them. No one has claimed responsibility for the explosives yet.