The nationwide manhunt for the person or people who sent 10 potential bombs to critics of President Donald Trump and CNN's office in NY led authorities to a mail facility in South Florida on Thursday night.
The US government on Friday announced a suspect had been arrested in connection with 12 suspicious packages and pipe bombs sent to critics of Donald Trump in a days-long spree that has inflamed the United States ahead of key midterm elections.
At a press conference Thursday, officials in NY would not discuss possible motives or details on how the packages found their way into the postal system.
A white van - adorned with images of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, as well as a "CNN Sucks" sticker - in Plantation was towed away to Miramar, Florida, where an Federal Bureau of Investigation field office is located, a law enforcement official said.
These newest packages comes as authorities have intensified their hunt for a serial mail bomber who has sent packages to a string of political figures and others who have publicly criticized President Donald Trump.
Democratic party, CNN and many other media outlets said that Trump's rhetoric and also his anti-press statement is responsible for the current divisive atmosphere in the country. Clean up your act. try to act Presidential.
The mail-bomb scare widens as law enforcement officials seized 3 more suspicious packages.
Federal investigators quickly centered the investigation on the dozen crudely fashioned "pipe bombs" sent to top Trump critics, including Hillary Clinton and Cory Booker, on a mail sorting facility in Opa-locka.
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Two were intended for former Vice President Joe Biden in his home state of Delaware and one for the actor Robert De Niro in Manhattan.
"We will prosecute them, him, her, whoever it may be, to the fullest extent of the law", he said at a White House event.
Former CIA Director John Brennan, the target of a package sent to CNN, fired back.
The package addressed to Booker was found during an oversight search of that facility, according to a law enforcement official.
The package sent to the actor also had the same return address as the others: that of Democratic US Rep.
Authorities pleaded with the public to send in any tips, and William F. Sweeney Jr., assistant director in charge of the FBI New York field office, said people should remain vigilant, warning that more devices "have been or could be mailed".
The FBI is investigating the case.
Democratic US Rep. Maxine Waters: Two suspicious packages: one intercepted at a congressional mail-screening facility in Maryland and a second one found at a postal facility in Los Angeles.
"I thank God no one's been hurt, and I thank the courageous and resourceful security and law enforcement people for protecting us", De Niro told TheWrap.
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The packages stoked nationwide tensions and fears as voters prepared to vote November 6 to determine partisan control of Congress - a campaign both major political parties have described in near-apocalyptic terms.
Brennan replied Trump should stop blaming others and should "Look in the mirror".
Each envelope listed Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, as the sender, and misspelt Florida as "Florids", according to the criminal complaint.
Similar packages addressed to Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama were intercepted on their way to Chappaqua, New York, where Clinton lives with former President Bill Clinton and to Washington, where Obama lives with his wife, Michelle. Sayoc reportedly has ties to NY and that he has a criminal history.
U.S. media has reported that much of the investigation has focused on Florida, where officials believe that at least some of the packages were dispatched.
Wray said each of the 13 IEDs consisted of about 6 inches of PVC pipe, a small clock, a battery, wiring and energetic material.
A suspected explosive device was sent to double Oscar-winner De Niro at his Tribeca Productions company in NY.
The packages, containing devices that appear to be explosive devices, began to show up on Monday, starting with billionaire George Soros, a major donor to Democrats and Democratic causes.
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