12th suspicious package found in nationwide search for mail bomber
Authorities have taken a man into custody in connection with the slew of suspicious packages containing potential explosives that were sent to Democratic politicians and prominent critics of President Donald Trump since Monday.
The news comes Friday after law enforcement officials say they uncovered a pair of suspicious packages addressed to New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on Friday.
The package for Booker contained an explosive device and was discovered at the same Opa-locka, Florida U.S. Postal Service Center sorting facility as at least one other suspicious package, reported NJ.com. The New York Times reported that the one addressed to Clapper was found in a Manhattan post office and addressed to CNN, where Clapper works as a contributor.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy tweeted that he was “saddened and angered” by the package addressed to Booker and thanked law enforcement for their response.
Clapper went on CNN to confirm that a package was sent to him with his name spelled correctly; several of the packages had the intended recipients’ names misspelled.
None of the 12 packages have detonated, and nobody has been hurt.
The first package addressed to billionaire George Soros, known for political contributions to Democratic candidates, was found Monday in a mailbox outside of his home in New York.
Then on Wednesday, a slew of suspicious packages were addressed to former President Barack Obama, former presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Democratic U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, former Attorney General Eric Holder and former CIA director John Brennan.
Waters received two packages, one intercepted in Los Angeles and the other in Maryland, while the package addressed to Brennan was sent to CNN’s New York City bureau in Time Warner Center, prompting an evacuation while reporters were on-air. The package intended for Holder had the return address of U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz — as did at least some of the other packages — and was sent to her office in Florida because it had the wrong address for the former Attorney General.
Booker said earlier in the week that the possible mail bombs were “despicable cowardice” and that they would “only make us more brave.”
Two suspicious packages were found addressed to Joe Biden in Delaware postal facilities on Thursday while another was found outside the New York restaurant of actor Robert De Niro, a prominent critic of President Donald Trump.
Federal investigators say they have discovered that at least one of those packages passed through a U.S. mail sorting facility near the Opa-locka airport in Florida, according to The Miami Herald.