'Suspicious package' seized from Robert De Niro-linked building

Toby Graves
October 25, 2018

Authorities have now found two packages addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden and another to actor and Trump critic Robert De Niro that are similar in appearance and contain potential explosive devices that resemble the others sent earlier this week to prominent critics of President Donald Trump and CNN, a law enforcement official said Thursday.

The suspicious package sent to CNN headquarters in NY on Wednesday was addressed to former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan, another prominent Trump critic.

Around the same time, multiple outlets also reported that authorities had been dispatched to a postal facility in New Castle, Del.to investigate a package that resembled the suspicious parcels discovered Wednesday and was addressed to Joe Biden.

A senior law enforcement source has told Spectrum News that a suspicious device was discovered at an address associated with actor Robert De Niro in TriBeCa section of NY on Thursday morning. But FBI and other investigators had been responding to a US Postal facility in DE that morning, FBI spokesman Dave Fitz said.

The second suspicious package was found at a post office on the 1500 block of Lancaster Avenue in Wilmington, Thursday morning.

An 8th suspicious package was reported at a Tribeca building, the morning after a threatening string of similar packages were sent to top Democrats.

Suspicious packages were also intercepted addressed to Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) at the congressional mail sorting facility outside D.C. and addressed to former Attorney General Eric Holder; the package to Holder was addressed wrong and bounced back to the return address on the package, which was Rep.

None of the nine confirmed devices exploded but authorities stepped up their manhunt for the would-be serial bomber, with crucial congressional elections less than two weeks away in what has become a contentious campaign season.

Mr Trump told a political rally in Wisconsin on Wednesday his government would conduct "an aggressive investigation".

On Wednesday, a suspicious device found at the Time Warner Center and CNN's NY headquarters was addressed to Brennan, prompting an evacuation of the building. "It has gotten so bad and hateful that is beyond description".

Robert De Niro and former U.S. vice president Joe Biden are the latest in a series of targets to be sent suspicious packages thought to contain pipe bombs.

There has been no claim of responsibility.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday condemned the attempted bomb attacks and called on Americans to "come together".

The package contained an envelope of white powder that experts were analysing, Police Commissioner James O'Neill said.

NYPD Lt. Thomas Antonetti told CNN that the package was received at 375 Greenwich Street and that the bomb squad is on the scene. Clean up your act.try to act Presidential.

"The #FBI has confirmed three additional packages, similar in appearance to the others - one in NY addressed to Robert DeNiro, and two in DE addressed to former Vice President Joseph Biden", the Bureau tweeted without further comment. Debbie Wasserman Schultz as the return address.

"The FBI will continue to work with our federal law enforcement partners at the United States Secret Service, United States Postal Inspection Service, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as well as our state and local law enforcement partners, to identify and arrest the person or people responsible for sending these packages", the FBI statement said. Democratic House and Senate leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer both said that conciliatory talk sounds "hollow" coming from Trump.

Some leading Democrats were quick to accuse Mr Trump himself of stoking the potential for political violence by frequently engaging in hyper-partisan, vitriolic rhetoric.

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