Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

De Niro, Biden Targeted as Cuomo Orders Guard to Protect 'Vital Assets'

Secret Service: Suspicious packages sent to Clintons, Obamas Trump asks media to 'stop hostility' after mail bombs
| 26 October, 2018, 00:09

Meanwhile, A New York City police bomb squad has recovered a suspicious package addressed to Mr. DeNiro, and investigators say it may contain a device similar to others sent to Democratic figures.

The FBI confirms two suspicious packages addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden were found at two separate postal facilities in DE on Thursday.

A senior law enforcement source has told Spectrum News that a suspicious device was discovered at an address associated with actor Robert De Niro in TriBeCa section of NY on Thursday morning.

The wave of suspicious packages sent to prominent Democrats and news organizations that have been critical of President Trump - who has also been reliably critical of the media in response - continues.

Bombs have been sent to the Chappaqua, N.Y., home of Hillary Clinton, the D.C. home of former President Obama, and to former CIA Director John Brennan at CNN headquarters in NY.

The U.S. Secret Service said agency personnel intercepted several crude pipe bombs mailed to former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and ex-Attorney General Eric Holder.

Mr Trump told a political rally in Wisconsin on Wednesday his government would conduct "an aggressive investigation". The packages are believed to be "pipe bombs", volatile by their very nature. There's also been no immediate claim of responsibility.


A suspicious package has been found at a premises in NY connected to actor Robert De Niro. "If it's an electrical system, the wires, batteries, battery holders, switch. how the device was meant to explode and the components associated with that, what we call a defusing system", he explained.

President Donald Trump condemned the attacks. Former Vice President Joe Biden has denounced Trump while campaigning for Democrats around the country.

Trump was briefed on the latest suspicious packages found on Thursday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. "It has gotten so bad and hateful that is beyond description". A conservative talk show hosts even questioned whether someone who opposed Trump sent the bombs. Security at De Niro's NY movie production company found the package addressed to him around 5 a.m. Trump has repeatedly criticised CNN as "fake news" and disparaged the mainstream news media as an "enemy of the people".

"The protectees did not receive the packages, nor were they at risk of receiving them", Secret Service said in the statement. The package was placed into a bomb disposal truck and driven to an NYPD firing range in the Bronx.

"Any acts or threats of political violence are an attack on our democracy itself", he said. The five packages discovered Wednesday all had a similar return address: That of Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, but with her name misspelled.

The FBI has since confirmed that the two packages addressed to Maxine Waters had a similar appearance to the five other packages that were intercepted on the East Coast between October 22 and October 24.

Some leading Democrats were quick to accuse Mr Trump himself of stoking the potential for political violence by frequently engaging in hyper-partisan, vitriolic rhetoric.

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