US President Donald Trump calls for unity amid parcel bomb scare

Emmett Rice
October 27, 2018

"I'm afraid that has to land back at Donald Trump's doorstep, because for two years now he's been going round calling these people enemies of the state, getting his people to shout lock her up, attacking Barack Obama", Mr Trundle told talkRADIO's Julia Hartley-Brewer.

Law enforcement agencies have found a dozen apparent explosive devices sent to prominent Democrats and targets of conservative vitriol over the past week.

The new reports come one day after an explosive device addressed to George Soros, a frequent contributor to the Democratic Party, was found at his home in NY. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), former President Barack Obama, and former Attorney General Eric Holder.

The White House condemned the attacks aimed at Democrats and other perceived foes of the administration.

"We have seen an effort by the media in recent hours to use the sinister acts of one individual to score political points against me and the Republican party", he said. "This egregious conduct is abhorrent". They said it was similar to other explosives discovered in the past few days.

"Republicans are doing so well in early voting, and at the polls, and now this "Bomb" stuff happens and the momentum greatly slows - news not talking politics", he said in a tweet.

The Secret Service intercepted the package sent to Obama in Washington D.C. Obama now resides in the Kalorama neighborhood in the District.

The devices all were sent to an Federal Bureau of Investigation lab in Virginia to be studied.

The widespread mailing of suspected bombs to top officials and a news organization has little precedent in U.S. history, but resembles terrorism with its seemingly political bent.

All the confirmed bombs appeared to come from the same person or persons, said John Miller, New York Police Department's head of intelligence and counter-terrorism, who briefed reporters in New York.

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According to the Secret Service, the package intended for Obama was intercepted in Washington on Wednesday morning while the one for Clinton was addressed to her in Westchester County, New York, on Tuesday.

CNN has said it also evacuated its NY offices over a suspicious package. The CNN package was addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan, who has publicly clashed with Trump and is a regular television contributor.

Clinton was the target of one of the bombs sent this week, which was intercepted during a routine off-site mail screening.

U.S. Democratic leaders in Congress said Trump's call for unity rang "hollow" because of his past statements condoning acts of violence.

The official said the White House is taking the situation "extremely seriously". Officials "proactively detonated" the device, and determined that it contained explosive powder and "had the components of a bomb".

NY police confirmed to AFP that its officers had been called to the Time Warner Center to investigate reports of a suspicious package.

Balboni said investigators will now examine each device's signature and the materials used in an attempt to locate the perpetrator.

A suspicious package was sent to the Florida office of Democratic Rep.

Among the signatories were former press workers for CNN, ABC and Los Angeles Times.

Other reports by Free-Prsite

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