Police arrive at home of Joe Biden after suspected bomb threat

Yolanda Curtis
October 25, 2018

"Fear is the intent and we are trying to counter fear, so we've deployed National Guard, we doubled the state police, you'll see more of a police presence in NY". The package appears similar to pipe bomb packages recently mailed to top Democrats nationwide.

Authorities are investigating suspicious packages sent to Vice President Joseph R. Biden and actor Robert DeNiro, an outspoken critic of President Trump.

"She told reporters Thursday there's a big difference between "comments made and actions taken".

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. No postmark is visible on the front of the De Niro package, similar to some of the others, the sources said.

Trump yesterday morning blamed the media for provoking anger in Americans - but did not directly reference the bombs.

The suspicious parcels were intercepted before they could reach their intended recipients, who included former Attorney General Eric Holder and former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

"Stop blaming others. Look in the mirror", Brennan tweeted. Clean up your act.try to act Presidential. "BTW, your critics will not be intimidated into silence", Brennan said.

The package has been placed in an NYPD bomb containment truck.

No evacuation of the property was ordered, WNBC reported, noting the building was unoccupied.

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De Niro's package also had similarities to those found Wednesday, New York police said. Officials confirmed the discovery to NPR, saying the matter is under investigation.

The official was not authorized to speak publicly and therefore talked to the AP on condition of anonymity.

The NYPD bomb disposal squad removed the package, WCBS added, and it was transported to the Bronx for inspection.

Officials urge people who see something to say something by calling 1-888-NYC-SAFE.

Postal workers found the package at the Los Angeles Central Mail facility on Central Avenue near 66th Street.

None of the bombs detonated, and nobody was hurt. The package was misaddressed and returned to sender, two law enforcement sources previously said.

CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker condemned Trump for the rhetoric that seemingly contributes to continuing hostility toward the press. "It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description".

The series of bomb alerts began on Monday, when explosive devices were sent to locations in NY, the Washington DC area and Florida, authorities said on Wednesday.

Police were called at 4:45 a.m. Thursday about the package, which was on the building's seventh floor.

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It contained an envelope of white powder that experts were analysing, Police Commissioner James O'Neill said.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly.

In a statement, De Niro's TriBeCa Productions said, "A suspicious package was received". Debbie Wasserman Schultz as the return address.

Barack Obama: The package sent to Obama was intercepted in Washington, DC, during routine mail screening procedures, the Secret Service said.

They appeared to be sent from the same unknown sender, as other packages were sent to Democratic individuals, including former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton - all of whom have been highly critical of Trump.

The New York Police Department says Thursday's report involves the Tribeca neighborhood in Manhattan.

Those devices are believed to be pipe bombs, inherently unstable, and at risk of being set off just by handling. A conservative talk show hosts even questioned whether someone who opposed Trump sent the bombs. All the intended recipients are Democrats.

De Niro, who has played special counsel Robert Mueller on Saturday Night Live, said onstage at the Tony awards in June, "I'm going to say one thing, F- Trump".

CNN has been a repeated target of Trump's attack, with the USA president often labelling the network as "fake news".

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