Suspicious packages that appear to be working explosives were sent to Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama and CNN's New York newsroom, triggering a nationwide investigation Wednesday and bi-partisan condemnation.
The first package intercepted was addressed to the former presidential candidate and discovered on Tuesday near the Clintons' home in Chappaqua, New York, a suburb of New York City. A second was addressed to Obama and intercepted Wednesday in Washington, D.C., the FBI and Secret Service said in a statement.
The third was addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan and discovered Wednesday at CNN's base in Manhattan. The newsroom was immediately evacuated and the NYPD bomb squad was summoned.
"The packages were immediately identified during routine mail screening procedures as potential explosive devices and were appropriately handled as such. Both packages were intercepted prior to being delivered to their intended location. The protectees did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them," the statement said.
One of the suspected explosive devices intercepted by law enforcement officials on Oct. 24, 2018.NBC News
"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.”
The spate of suspicious package deliveries came in the wake of the discovery of an explosive device that was found Monday in the mailbox of George Soros' home in Bedford, New York.
The devices, which appear to be working explosives, were in manila packages that included stamps and signatures on them with a return address belonging to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla, according to three senior law enforcement officials.
The New York bureau of the FBI tweeted that they are aware of the situation and are working with other law enforcement agencies to investigate.
The envelope that contained a possible device sent to CNN. Former CIA Director John Brennan's name is misspelled.NBC News
A senior White House official told NBC News that President Trump has been briefed and they are taking it "extremely seriously."
“We condemn the attempted violent attacks recently made against President Obama, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and other public figures," added White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. "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.”