Suspected pipe bomb mailed to Robert De Niro

Tonya Becker
October 26, 2018

The actor-director hurled profanities at the president in June at the Tony Awards ceremony.

Two more suspicious devices were intercepted on Thursday ー one in Delaware en route to former VP Joe Biden and the other at the restaurant and office of actor Robert De Niro in Lower Manhattan ー the eighth and ninth to be sent to high-profile critics of President Trump in a period of three days.

All the packages were removed, and there were no reports of injuries. US Postal inspectors are working to locate the package.

Details about how authorities ultimately found the Biden package on Thursday morning in DE weren't immediately available.

The devices all were sent to an Federal Bureau of Investigation lab in Virginia to be studied.

"The protectees did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them", it said.

The Secret Service launched an investigation to find the source of the packages.

The New York Times is reporting both suspicious packages contained explosive devices.

Mr Trump and other Republicans have likened Democrats to an "angry mob", citing protests at the confirmation hearing of US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Multiple suspected explosive devices were found in the mail addressed to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and CNN's NY newsroom on Wednesday. A device was found at the home of billionaire philanthropist George Soros earlier in the week.

The package - which was intercepted at the facility in New Castle - was similar to the ones that were sent to several top Democrats and CNN, according to NBC News Philadelphia. "All packages had a return address of "DEBBIE WASSERMAN SHULTZ" [sic] in Florida".

Former FBI agent James Gagliano shared Prokupecz's analysis and said that "we are not out of the woods in the sense there may be other packages out there yet to be discovered". The NYPD bomb squad blocked off streets to haul the device away in a total containment vessel.

One target of the suspicious devices, former CIA Director John Brennan, hit back at Trump on Twitter on Thursday.

"Stop blaming others. Look in the mirror", Brennan tweeted.

More were sent to frequent Trump critics Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California and former Attorney General Eric Holder. The bombs were unstable and could have been set off just by handling, sources said.

"I want to make it clear that the people of New York City will not be intimidated".

The news organisation's NY staff were evacuated. Trump also often singles out CNN as he rails against the "fake news" media.

"We will spare no resource or expense in this effort", Trump said. "Thus far, they have shown no comprehension of that", he said.

The FBI said the packages consisted of a manila envelope with a bubble-wrap interior containing "potentially destructive devices".

NY police retrieved the package and sent it to a secure facility, CNN reported.

The White House condemned the attacks aimed at Democrats and other perceived foes of the administration.

Trump's words didn't satisfy his political opponents, however.

But Democratic Senate and House leaders Chuck Schumer of NY and Nancy Pelosi of California said Trump's words "ring hollow".

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