(Editor’s note: Story updated with information on suspicious device sent to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schulz’s Florida office and the clarification on reports that another package was sent to the White House.)
(CNSNews.com) – The Secret Service confirmed Wednesday that suspicious packages were sent to former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as well as former President Barack Obama.
The Secret Service tweeted Wednesday, “BREAKING: Secret Service intercepts suspicious packages addressed to the residences of former President Obama and former First Lady Hillary Clinton. Working with our law enforcement partners on the investigation.”
The Secret Service linked to a statement on the incident:
“The U.S. Secret Service has intercepted two suspicious packages addressed to Secret Service protectees.
Late on October 23, 2018, the Secret Service recovered a single package addressed to Former First Lady Hillary Clinton in Westchester County, New York. Early this morning, October 24, 2018, a second package addressed to the residence of Former President Barack Obama was intercepted by Secret Service personnel in Washington, DC.
The packages were immediately identified during routine mail screening procedures as potential explosive devices and were appropriately handled as such. Both packages were intercepted prior to being delivered to their intended location. The protectees did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them.
The Secret Service has initiated a full scope criminal investigation that will leverage all available federal, state, and local resources to determine the source of the packages and identify those responsible.”
The Secret Service also dispelled reports that another suspicious package was sent to the White House.
“CLARIFICATION: At this time the Secret Service has intercepted TWO suspicious packages - one in NY and one in D.C. Reports of a third intercepted package addressed to the WH are incorrect,” it tweeted, and referred people to its statement.
The White House on Wednesday condemned “the attempted violent attacks” made against the Clintons and Obama.
“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. 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,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.
Vice President Mike Pence tweeted his condemnation of the explosive devices.
“We condemn the attempted attacks against fmr Pres Obama, the Clintons, @CNN & others. These cowardly actions are despicable & have no place in this Country. Grateful for swift response of @SecretService, @FBI & local law enforcement. Those responsible will be brought to justice. Investigators believe the packages are connected to an explosive found in the mailbox of liberal billionaire George Soros’s home. An employee reportedly discovered the package and put it in a wooded area before calling the police,” Pence tweeted.
Trump tweeted that he “wholeheartedly” agrees with Pence.
Investigators believe the packages are connected to an explosive found in the mailbox of liberal billionaire George Soros’s home. An employee reportedly discovered the package and put it in a wooded area before calling the police.
The device sent to the Clintons was reportedly addressed to Mrs. Clinton and was found in the vicinity of the Chappaqua residence. The device for Obama was intercepted in D.C.
In related news, suspicious packages were also sent to CNN’s New York City studio and the office of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schulz (D-Fla.) in Florida.