Washington, DC – Update: The FBI has confirmed a total of 10 explosive parcels were sent out to democrats and their supporters.
The law enforcement agency had warned more could be on the way after five were sent to prominent people including President Obama and Hillary Clinton.
* The FBI has confirmed three additional packages, similar in appearance to the others—one in New York addressed to Robert DeNiro, and two in Delaware addressed to former Vice President Joseph Biden.
* In addition to the five packages referenced in the below statement, the FBI has now confirmed two additional packages, both addressed to Rep. Maxine Waters, that are similar in appearance.
More parcels concealing “potentially destructive” devices may still be on the way, the FBI cautioned last night.
The warning comes after prominent democrats and others who have publicly spoken out against Trump were sent similar looking manila envelopes with bombs.
With the addition of Biden, Waters and DeNiro, a total of 8 people have been sent 10 bombs.
A total of five were known to have been sent a day earlier but some were intercepted. One parcel bomb was detonated after being delivered to CNN and addressed to former CIA director John Brennan who has spoken on television about Trump’s erratic behaviour.
“Between October 22 and 24, 2018, suspicious packages were received at multiple locations in the New York and Washington, D.C., areas and Florida,” the FBI said in a sratement.
“The packages are being sent for analysis at the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia.”
“This investigation is of the highest priority for the FBI. We have committed the full strength of the FBI’s resources and, together with our partners on our Joint Terrorism Task Forces, we will continue to work to identify and arrest whoever is responsible for sending these packages,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray.
“We ask anyone who may have information to contact the FBI. Do not hesitate to call; no piece of information is too small to help us in this investigation.”
“The packages are similar in appearance, as depicted in the below photograph, and contain potentially destructive devices,” FBi said.
The packages were mailed in manila envelopes with bubble wrap interior.
The packages were affixed with computer-printed address labels and six Forever (US Flag) stamps.
“All packages had a return address of “DEBBIE WASSERMAN SHULTZ” [sic] in Florida. Packages identified to date were addressed to:
- George Soros – Wall Street investor.
- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
- Former President Barack Obama
- Former CIA Director John Brennan, care of CNN
- Former Attorney General Eric Holder
“The package addressed to former Attorney General Holder did not reach its intended destination, but was rerouted to the return address in Florida.”
“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.”
President Trump has spoken with national security organizations and vowed to bring the perpetrator to justice. (See below.)
“It is possible that additional packages were mailed to other locations. The FBI advises the public to remain vigilant and not touch, move or handle any suspicious or unknown packages,” the federal agency cautioned.
If you have information about these packages, please contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or tips.fbi.gov. If you observe any suspicious activity that requires an immediate response, please call 911 or contact your local law enforcement.
The safety of the American People is my highest priority. I have just concluded a briefing with the FBI, Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Secret Service… pic.twitter.com/nEUBcq4NOh
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2018