- The Secret Service says “potential explosive devices” addressed to former President Barack Obama and ex-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have been intercepted.
- New York police evacuate the Time Warner Center, in which news outlet CNN is located, to investigate an explosive device.
- The offices of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., are also evacuated after reports of suspicious packages.
The Secret Service said Wednesday “potential explosive devices” addressed to former President Barack Obama and ex-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have been intercepted, and New York police evacuated the Time Warner Center to investigate another suspicious package.
Those Democrats were not the only ones targeted. Media reports also said the office of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida was evacuated after a suspicious package was found. A spokeswoman for Sen. Kamala Harris of California said her office was evacuated after “suspicious packages” were found “near the building.” And California Rep. Maxine Waters said her office in Washington, D.C., was also “the target” of a suspicious package.
“We have now confirmed two additional packages, both addressed to Rep. Maxine Waters, that are similar in appearance to the other packages,” the FBI said late Thursday.
A Secret Service statement said:
(Obama and Clinton) did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them.
A law enforcement official says investigators believe the explosive devices are linked to one found Monday at the compound of liberal billionaire George Soros.
Authorities have launched a multi-agency investigation to identify those responsible.