CNN Anchors Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto were evacuated while on-air from the Time Warner Center after a ‘suspicious package’ was discovered in the studio’s mail room.
UPDATE 3: A suspicious package was sent to the NYC building where avid Trump opponent, Robert DeNiro, owns a restaurant on Oct. 24. The next day, a similar suspicious package, addressed to New Jersey Senator, Cory Booker, was also intercepted in Florida, and a second, meant for former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, was found in New York City.
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 1: Donald Trump addressed the packages at an event aimed at combatting opioid abuse. He said, “This egregious conduct is abhorrent to everything we hold dear and sacred as Americans.” He is still planning to travel to Mosinee, Wisconsin, this evening for a political rally in support of embattled Republican Gov. Scott Walker, CNN reports. The suspicious package sent to Debbie Wasserman Schultz was actually sent to Eric Holder, but it had the wrong address. It was returned to Wasserman Schultz’s office in Florida because that was the return label on the package, two law enforcement sources told CNN. A suspicious package was sent to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz‘s office in Sunrise, Florida. The office has been evacuated, according to CNN. The suspicious device at CNN’s New York offices has been taken away and sent to a NYPD facility in the Bronx. New York officials will hold a briefing at 12:45 p.m. ET about the suspicious device sent to the Time Warner Center. “The package with a suspicious device sent to CNN’s New York offices today was addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan, according to city and local law enforcement officials,” CNN reports.
ORIGINAL: While reporting that bombs were sent to Bill and Hillary Clinton‘s home and Barack Obama‘s office, CNN had to evacuate their own building due to a “suspicious package” that was found inside the mailroom. Anchors Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto were on the air when the fire alarm in the Time Warner Center went off, and had to leave the building during their broadcast. Once outside, they continued reporting live with cellphones while law enforcement responded to the CNN New York bureau.
CNN tweeted an update about the suspicious package. “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,” the tweet said.
Harlow and Sciutto both shared photos of police vehicles outside of the building after their evacuation. Sciutto also revealed that 58th St. east of 9th Ave. has been closed off while a “containment vessel for explosive device” arrived on the scene.
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The evacuation of the Time Warner Center in New York comes after the Clintons were mailed a suspicious package to their estate in Chappaqua, New York. A similar package was also sent to Obama’s Washington D.C. office.
CNN’s @jimsciutto and @PoppyHarlowCNN, who were anchoring when the CNN New York bureau was evacuated, are now safely outside, reporting via cellphone on the law enforcement response due to a suspicious device at the Time Warner Center, where CNN is based https://t.co/BmgkJ2qaIE pic.twitter.com/xLFaJHOC8s
— CNN (@CNN) October 24, 2018
The Secret Service confirmed two suspicious packages have been intercepted. In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said, “We condemn the attempted violent attacks recently made against President Obama, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and other public figures. 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 action to protect anyone threatened by these cowards.”