Explosive devices sent to Obama and Clintons

By Canadian Press

Recovery of the packages to Biden and De Niro came after others were received by prominent Democrats and CNN.

Trump said on Friday that news coverage of the suspicious packages had slowed momentum for Republican candidates before the congressional elections.

Similar packages were addressed to Hillary Clinton and former president Barack Obama.

But more importantly, it's deeply concerning that the president may have been actively stoking suspicions about the reality of the attacks even as the United States' own law enforcement agencies were in direct pursuit of a serious suspect in the matter.

A similar device was found Monday at the NY compound of liberal billionaire George Soros, a major contributor to Democratic causes. The Holder package was redirected to Debbie Wasserman Schultz's suburban Miami office, which was evacuated.

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President Donald Trump answered questions from the media Friday afternoon after a suspect was arrested in the package bomb investigation, and he was not receptive to their demands that he take the blame. It came after he sharply condemned the media and continued to single out CNN, which was forced to evacuate its New York City offices on Wednesday.

UPDATE (10/26/18, 2:57 p.m.): During a press conference, Federal Bureau of Investigation director Chris Wray announced that the suspicious packages containing what is believed to be pipe bombs were "not hoax devices", and a total of 13 were sent to Democrats and vocal opponents of Donald Trump.

As the scope of the attack became clearer Wednesday, Trump decried political violence during a scripted event in the White House East Room, and other members of the administration said violence has no place in American society. "This egregious conduct is abhorrent".

"Together, with a lot of other great Republicans, we are defending your freedom", he told the boisterous crowd.

Law enforcement officials said all the packages were similar: manila envelopes with bubble-wrap interior bearing six stamps and the return address of Florida Rep. She is the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee who was accused by Clinton rivals of secretly helping the party's eventual presidential nominee. At least one bomb was packed with shards of glass, one federal source said. That means FBI investigators can "look for patterns such as the device, the technical expertise, the method of mailing, a whole host of great, rich forensic evidence that can be gathered".

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At a press conference Thursday, officials in NY would not discuss possible motives, or details on how the packages found their way into the US postal system. The FBI said an additional package was intended for former Attorney General Eric Holder, but that one ended up at a Florida office of Democratic Rep.

The U.S. Secret Service said Wednesday suspicious packages with what appeared to be live explosive devices were sent to addresses of former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and CNN.

The package sent to CNN was apparently addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan, who served under President Obama. After Trump mentioned globalism, there was a jeer about George Soros, the liberal donor who was the target of one of the pipe bombs. "We must never allow political violence to take root in America and I'm committed to doing everything in my power as president to stop it and stop it now". Officials "proactively detonated" the device, and determined that it contained explosive powder and "had the components of a bomb".

A day after CNN's NY headquarters were evacuated after receiving one of the devices, Trump lashed out at the media on Twitter. The FBI also said it was responding to a report of a suspicious package at one of Ms Schultz's offices in Florida.

The Secret Service said it had intercepted two bombs - one addressed to Clinton at the NY home she shares with former president Bill Clinton and another addressed to Obama in Washington that were found at mail screening facilities.

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"We condemn the attempted violent attacks recently made against President Obama, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and other public figures".

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