Clintons, Obamas, CNN sent explosive devices: What we know about potential bomb threats

Two days after an explosive device was found in a mailbox at the home of billionaire philanthropist George Soros, police and Secret Service have reportedly found two more suspicious packages: one at the office of former President Barack Obama, and another near the home of Bill and Hillary Clinton in Chappaqua, New York.

CNN was evacuated Wednesday morning due to a bomb threat and a possible “explosive device,” the network reported.

It’s not clear what the connection is among the attempted attacks — or even if they’re related at all. Here’s what we know so far.

What we know

  • Late Tuesday night, a suspicious package was discovered near the property of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s home in upstate New York by an employee who checks the Clintons’ incoming mail, according to the Secret Service.
  • According to ABC News, law enforcement stated that the package contained a “potentially workable explosive device.”
  • Early Wednesday morning, a second suspicious package was sent to former President Barack and Michelle Obama in Washington, DC, but was intercepted by Secret Service, according to a statement from the agency.
  • According to the Secret Service, the packages were discovered during routine screenings as “potential explosive devices and were appropriately handled as such.”
  • The New York Times reports that the devices were similar to the one found on Monday at the home of Soros in a New York City suburb. According to the Times, that device was “constructed from a length of pipe about six inches long filled with explosive powder, and it was ‘proactively detonated’ by bomb squad technicians.”
  • White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders in a statement said the Trump administration condemns the “attempted violent attacks” on the Clintons, Obama, and Soros. “These terrorizing attacks are despicable, and anyone responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” she said.
  • CNN’s New York office was also evacuated, with anchor Jim Sciutto tweeting that the police bomb squad was there and they’d been told of an explosive device being received. The NYPD said it was investigating a suspicious package near Columbus Circle, where CNN’s office at the Time Warner Center is located.
  • CNN, citing three sources, reports that the package was addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan — who is a contributor for NBC and MSNBC, but not CNN.

What we don’t know

  • The identity of the sender.
  • Their motive(s).
  • How the packages were delivered.
  • Details about the explosive devices themselves.
  • Whether all of the incidents and devices are related.

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