October 24, 2018 02:56 PM
Disrupting a rash of targeted attacks, the U.S. Secret Service intercepted a bomb that was addressed to Hillary Clinton and a possible explosive that was sent to former President Barack Obama.
Also Wednesday, a police bomb squad was sent to CNN's offices in New York City and the newsroom was evacuated because of a suspicious package.
Below are statements from law enforcement agencies and political leaders:
BREAKING: Secret Service intercepts suspicious packages addressed to the residences of former President Obama and former First Lady Hillary Clinton. Working with our law enforcement partners on the investigation. Our Statement: https://t.co/lJdTn04KmI— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) October 24, 2018
CLARIFICATION: At this time the Secret Service has intercepted TWO suspicious packages - one in NY and one in D.C. Reports of a third intercepted package addressed to the WH are incorrect. We refer media to our statement: https://t.co/lJdTn04KmI— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) October 24, 2018
.@SecNielsen has been briefed on the suspicious packages and is monitoring the situation.— Tyler Q. Houlton (@SpoxDHS) October 24, 2018
NYPD @NYPDSpecialops Officers are investigating a suspicious package in Columbus Circle. Please avoid the area. Expect a police presence and heavy traffic in the area. More information to follow. pic.twitter.com/203sNbyUzd— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) October 24, 2018
We condemn the attempted attacks against fmr Pres Obama, the Clintons, @CNN & others. These cowardly actions are despicable & have no place in this Country. Grateful for swift response of @SecretService, @FBI & local law enforcement. Those responsible will be brought to justice.— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) October 24, 2018
I agree wholeheartedly! https://t.co/ndzu0A30vU— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2018
Those behind such reprehensible acts must be brought to justice. 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. https://t.co/HUQQxynU9h— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) October 24, 2018
This is an ongoing situation that President Trump and his admin are monitoring closely. Our condemnation of these dispicable acts certainly includes threats made to CNN as well as current or former public servants. These cowardly acts are unacceptable and wont be tolerated. https://t.co/YbMbCUWMPC— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) October 24, 201
This is an appalling act of terror, and I’m confident those responsible will be brought to justice. I’m grateful to the @SecretService, the US Capitol Police and all other law enforcement for their diligence and professionalism. https://t.co/Cd8NLzO9CA— Rep. Erik Paulsen (@RepErikPaulsen) October 24, 2018
In this country we battle with words and ideas, not fists and bombs.— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) October 24, 2018
Acts of violence, appeals to violence and condoning violence have no place in American society.
Updated: October 24, 2018 02:56 PM
Created: October 24, 2018 11:17 AM
(Copyright 2018 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)