FBI Asks for Help in the High-Profile Case of Explosive Devices
WASHINGTON DC — October 25, 2018
On the eve of the elections, between October 22 and 24, several suspicious packages were received at several locations in New York, Washington, D.C., and Florida. As is turns out, the packages contained explosive substances that were sent to the offices of several top officials in the state.
Packages identified to date were addressed to:
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Former President Barack Obama
Former CIA Director John Brennan, c/o CNN
Former Attorney General Eric Holder
The package addressed to former Attorney General Holder did not reach its intended destination, but was rerouted to the return address in Florida.
In addition, sources told CNN that a suspicious package intended for California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters was also intercepted at a congressional mail screening facility in Maryland and the San Diego Union-Tribune evacuated its building after "suspicious looking packages" were spotted outside.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he also received a "device" at his office in Manhattan, but the package was later determined to be literature, unrelated to the other packages
All the suspicious packages were sent for analysis at the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia.
Now the FBI is continuing its investigation and asking US residents to helpL
"This investigation is of the highest priority for the FBI. We have committed the full strength of the FBI's resources and, together with our partners on our Joint Terrorism Task Forces, we will continue to work to identify and arrest whoever is responsible for sending these packages," FBI Director Christopher Wray said in an official statement. "We ask anyone who may have information to contact the FBI. Do not hesitate to call; no piece of information is too small to help us in this investigation."
The packages were mailed in manila envelopes with bubble wrap interior. The packages were affixed with computer-printed address labels and six Forever stamps. All packages had a return address of "DEBBIE WASSERMAN SHULTZ" [sic] in Florida.
President Donald Trump addressed on Wednesday the suspicious packages sent to several public figures and journalists, saying the country's leaders must "come together" to speak out against threats of political violence.
"I just want to tell you that in these times, we have to unify," Trump said. "We have to come together and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that threats or acts of political violence have no place in the United States of America."
"It's a very bipartisan statement," he added. "This egregious conduct is abhorrent to everything we hold dear and sacred as Americans."
The President noted he had a briefing with the FBI, the Department of Justice, Homeland Security, and the Secret Service.
"The full weight of our government is being deployed to conduct this investigation," Trump said. "We will spare no resources or expense in this effort."
The President spoke from a teleprompter but added himself at the end:
"We are extremely angry, upset, unhappy about what we witnessed this morning, and we will get to the bottom of it," Trump said.
According to the FBI’s official statement, the service will continue to work with federal law enforcement partners at the United States Secret Service, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as well as state and local law enforcement partners, to identify and arrest the person or people responsible for sending the packages.
It is possible that additional packages were mailed to other locations. The FBI is advising the public to remain vigilant and not touch, move, or handle any suspicious or unknown packages.
Additionally, the FBI is asking anyone with information about the packages or their sender to contact them.