Suspected bombs sent to Robert De Niro, Joe Biden

Sunday, 28 Oct, 2018

"I want to applaud the FBI, Secret Service, Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorneys' Office for the Southern District of NY, the NYPD, and all Law Enforcement partners across the Country for their incredible work, skill and determination!" A helicopter could be heard flying overhead.

Trump also often singles out CNN as he rails against the "fake news" media.

Fingerprint and DNA evidence helped identify the suspect, but his arrest did not necessarily end the threat, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray warned at a news conference. "The protectees did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them".

At the outset of a White House event early Friday afternoon, Trump took a different tone than in his tweet, praising law enforcement officers for their swift work and calling for national unity. Others were directed to Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and George Soros, a major Democratic donor.

X-ray images show that the package addressed to De Niro contains a device similar to the pipe bombs found in other packages this week that were addressed to prominent Democrats, the two sources said.

The tape on the pipe is "an investigator's dream", he said, recalling a case in Texas that was solved because the fibers on the tape were traced to the bomber's dog.

In addition to the bomb, the package contained an envelope of white powder.

Investigators searched coast-to-coast Thursday for the culprit and motives behind the freakish mail-bomb plot aimed at critics of the president, analyzing the innards of the crude devices to reveal whether they were meant to detonate or simply sow fear two weeks before Election Day.

The group later cheered as Trump recounted his efforts to appeal to black voters during the 2016 campaign, including his pitch, "What the hell do you have to lose?"

NY police say they're responding to reports of a suspicious package.

Bomb experts and security analysts say that based on the rudimentary construction of the bombs it appeared they were more likely created to sow fear rather than to kill.

The parcels each consisted of a manila envelope with a bubble-wrap interior containing "potentially destructive devices", the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

Suspected bombs sent to Robert De Niro, Joe Biden
Suspected bombs sent to Robert De Niro, Joe Biden

Shortly after Sayoc was detained, Trump declared that "we must never allow political violence to take root in America" and that Americans "must unify". "And I'm committed to doing everything in my power as president to stop it and to stop it now".

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, in an interview Thursday night with Fox News Channel, acknowledged that some of packages originated in Florida.

Soros' Open Society Foundations has been a financial supporter of NPR.

"Violence and terror have no place in our politics or anywhere else", tweeted senior Republican lawmaker Steve Scalise, who was seriously injured at the baseball practice in June 2017. Leah Vukmir's chances of picking up a U.S. Senate seat held by a well-positioned Democratic incumbent, Tammy Baldwin.

A public defender listed as Sayoc's attorney of record in New York, Sarah Baumgartel, could not immediately be reached for comment. The actor dropped an expletive insult at Trump at this year's Tony Awards and also apologized to Canadians for the "idiotic behaviour of my president".

The mail-bomb scare widened Thursday as law enforcement officials seized three more suspicious packages - two addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden and one to actor Robert De Niro - and said they were similar to crude pipe bombs sent to former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and CNN.

The packages to Soros and the CNN office were not postmarked, suggesting they were hand-delivered.

On Friday, packages surfaced for Democratic U.S. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, former U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Democratic U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California.

But the episode sparked an outcry from Trump's critics who said his frequent expressions of inflammatory rhetoric against perceived enemies among Democrats and the press was stoking a climate ripe for politically motivated violence.

"I think I've been toned down, if you want to know the truth", Trump said when asked whether he would moderate his attacks on political adversaries after the attempted bombings. ".It starts with the president". "Have to do it", he said at the rally.

On Thursday, without directly referencing the explosive devices, President Trump again blamed the media for the "anger" in society.