- The FBI appears to have zeroed in on a Florida mail center amid a nationwide manhunt for whoever is behind a wave of packages sent in the mail whose contents resembled pipe bombs.
- The targets, which include the last two Democratic presidents, have one obvious thing in common: They have all publicly and strongly criticised President Donald Trump.
- Despite the seemingly political bent to the targets, investigators haven’t publicly identified a motive or even said if the devices were really bombs.
- Investigators went to a Florida mail center on Thursday.
- Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in a Thursday night interview with Fox News said some of the packages originated in Florida.
The FBI appears to have zeroed in on a Florida mail center amid a nationwide manhunt for the perpetrator of a wave of packages sent in the mail whose contents resembled pipe bombs.
The packages were sent to top Democrats and critics of President Donald Trump, including former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.
The packages’ sender targeted at least eight individuals with packages that were discovered over the course of four days.
The targets, which also include former CIA Director John Brennan and actor Robert de Niro, have one obvious thing in common: They have all publicly and strongly criticised Trump.
But despite the seemingly political bent to the targets, investigators haven’t publicly identified a motive or even said if the devices were really bombs.
Since none of the suspected bombs detonated, investigators got the chance to inspect intact packages, providing a potential goldmine of clues and evidence. On Thursday, investigators descended on a Florida mail center to look for clues, CNN reported.
The packages were all sent with a return address naming Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, formerly the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.
The devices contained timers and batteries but weren’t rigged to explode upon opening, the Associated Press reported.
Investigators still don’t know whether the packages were intended to do harm or just scare people, but for now they’re treating it like an attempted bombing, the Associated Press reported.
“As far as a hoax device, we’re not treating it that way,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill told the Associated Press. Pipe bombs are crude explosive devices that have been used in terrorist attacks in the US to devastating effect.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in a Thursday night interview with Fox News said some of the packages originated in Florida.
The FBI said the packages were“mailed in manila envelopes with bubble wrap interior, and were affixed with computer-printed address labels and six Forever stamps.”
The FBI is “seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the individual or individuals responsible.”
Trump also took the mailings seriously, calling them on Wednesday “an attack on democracy itself.”
But while CNN, the recipient of one of the suspicious packages, called on Trump to reckon with his harsh criticism of the press and his political opponents, Trump by Thursday had again turned on the media, calling it a “very big part of the Anger we see today in our society.”
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