In a surprising and unexpected development, the return address on suspicious packages that were sent to former President Barack Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and CNN this week belongs to a very prominent Democrat.
Secret Service agents revealed on Wednesday that they had intercepted two suspicious packages en route to former President Barack Obama’s Washington, DC home and Hillary and Bill Clinton’s property in Chappaqua, New York. A short time later, a police bomb squad was sent to CNN’s offices in New York City and the newsroom was evacuated because of a suspicious package.
The package containing a “functional explosive device” that was addressed to Clinton was found late Tuesday, while the package addressed to Obama was found early Wednesday. Authorities have described the devices as “pipe bombs” that were rudimentary but functional.
The White House swiftly condemned what it called “despicable” acts targeting the two Democrats. Both packages were discovered during routine mail screenings for the Clintons and Obama.
The Secret Service said packages sent to Clinton and Obama were immediately identified as potential explosive devices and were handled as such. They said the packages were intercepted prior to being delivered to Clinton and Obama. “(Obama and Clinton) did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them,” a Secret Service statement said.
Bill Clinton was at the family’s home at the time the package was intercepted, while Hillary was attending campaign events for Democrats in Florida. [Source: Daily Mail]
The devices were similar to the small pipe bomb found at liberal billionaire donor George Soros’ New York home on Monday and appear to have been sent by the same person, NYPD’s chief of counterterrorism said.
Reports of other intercepted mailed devices have also been emerging, including those involving former Attorney General Eric Holder and Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
An explosive device was discovered in the mailbox of billionaire activist George Soros on Monday.
An employee at Soros’ Westchester County residence found the package while retrieving the mail. When the employee opened the package, they found “what appeared to be an explosive device,” according to the Bedford Police Department. The employee placed the suspicious package in the woods and called the police, around 3:45 pm.
Bomb squad technicians “proactively detonated” the device, and no one was hurt. Soros was not home when the package was discovered or detonated. The case is now being investigated by the FBI’s New York office, but said there was no threat to public safety.
Soros is a major funder of left-wing political operations through his Open Society Foundations. Naturally, the New York Times described him in glowing terms, as a “billionaire philanthropist” who donates to groups that “promote democracy and human rights around the world.” The Times also painted him as “a villain to conservative groups” and “a favorite target of right-wing groups.” [Source: The Daily Wire]
The White House issued a statement regarding the devices condemning the “violent attacks.” Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “We condemn the attempted violent attacks recently made against President Obama, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and other public figures.”
“These terrorizing acts are despicable, and anyone responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” added Sanders. “The United States Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies are investigating and will take all appropriate actions to protect anyone threatened by these cowards.”
In an unlikely twist, the would-be bomber put a surprising return address on the deadly packages sent to Obama, Clinton, and CNN. The return address belongs to none other than Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the former head of the Democratic National Committee, who was also sent an explosive device in the mail.
BREAKING: Three senior law enforcement officials tell NBC the return address name on the suspicious packages found at Clinton, Obama, and Soros’ addresses belongs to DNC official Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
— Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi) October 24, 2018
Of course, it is highly unlikely that Wasserman Schultz was actually the one who sent the suspicious packages. But the fact that the would-be bomber used her return address suggests that this is the work of a very deranged individual intent on sowing fear and division ahead of the November midterm elections.