United States Secret Service investigating bomb sent to Former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton

United States Secret Service investigating bomb sent to Former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton

An improvised Explosive device was found in the mail near the home of Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, according to NY1. 

The New York Times reports a technician who screens the Clinton’s mail found the bomb.

Another IED was sent to former President Barack Obama’s office mail in Washington D.C. and was intercepted by agents, the Secret Service confirmed.

“The packages were immediately identified during routine mail screening procedures as potential explosive devices and were appropriately handled as such,” the Secret Service said in a statement. “The protectees did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them.”

CNN has also reported receiving suspicious package found in the Time Warner Center in New York, which houses CNN’s New York Bureau, and prompted an emergency evacuation. 

In a statement to employees, CNN cheif Jeff Zucker said ” “an abundance of caution, as a result of a suspicious package having been received in the mailroom.”

The White House did not receive any such suspicious packages though previous reports stated that a package of such sorts were intercepted at an off-site facility.

Officials have briefed President Trump on the situation and the White House shortly after released statements condemning the acts and called them “terrorizing acts” and said they will be investigated. 

“These terrorizing acts are despicable, and anyone responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. “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.”

The FBI, Secret Service and New Castle Police Department are investigating the incident. 

An anonymous official told the Associated Press one of the packages had the return address of Rep. Deborah Wasserman Schultz, an ironic reference to the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.

George Soros a liberal billionaire philanthropist had received an explosive device two days prior in his mailbox, though Soros was not at home – officials were able to detonate the device safely. The explosive device found at George Soros’ home was similar in nature to the one found near Clinton’s house. George Soros is currently facing a lot of heat as he was known to oppose Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination and was further accused of helping create the caravan of Central Americans that are making their way to United States.

Laura Silber, a spokeswoman for the Soros’ Open Society Foundation stated that:

“The hateful rhetoric that dominates politics in the U.S. and in so many countries around the world breeds extremism and violence,” Silber said in a statement. “In this climate of fear, falsehoods and rising authoritarianism, just voicing your views can draw death threats.”

Prominent Republicans also condemned the incidents,

“Reports of bombs sent to the homes of Obama, Clinton, and Soros are deeply, deeply disturbing,” Ted Cruz wrote on Twitter. “America is better than this. Political disagreements are fine, even healthy, but we should always be civil and respect each other’s humanity.”

“Those behind such reprehensible acts must be brought to justice,” Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan said on Twitter. “We cannot tolerate any attempt to terrorize public figures. I am grateful to the @SecretService, Capitol Police, and all law enforcement who guard against these threats.”