Mail Bombs Were 'Not Hoax Devices'

Democrat senator Cory Booker has received a suspicious package

Sayoc is accused of sending two pipe bombs to Waters, as well as single devices to Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Robert De Niro and former Vice President Joe Biden.

The US government on Friday announced a suspect had been arrested in connection with 12 suspicious packages and pipe bombs sent to critics of Donald Trump in a days-long spree that has inflamed the United States ahead of key midterm elections. No further details were available about the case.

There were also reports that a possible second package addressed to Clapper was discovered at a USA mail facility in NY. Those reports have not been confirmed. Clapper told CNN that he was not surprised he was targeted and that he considered the actions an act of terrorism.

"Your critics will not be intimidated into silence", Brennan wrote on Twitter. "We will bring them to justice".

"These terrorising acts are despicable and have no place in our country", he said.

This story is still developing.

The packages stoked nationwide tensions ahead of the November 6 election to determine control of Congress - a campaign both major political parties have described in near-apocalyptic terms. The results could alter the balance of power in Washington, DC.

What did Mr Trump say about the bombs? "There are 330 million people in the USA, I would have put him in the bottom two to three million of people I would suspect of doing this".

Actor Robert De Niro, who has been critical of Mr Trump, former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan, and billionaire philanthropist George Soros were also targeted.

He told the news conference that fingerprints on one of two packages sent to US Representative Maxine Waters, a Los Angeles Democrat, belonged to Sayoc.

'We will not tolerate such lawlessness, especially not political violence'. But in a tweet earlier that day, the president also used sarcasm quotes around the word "bomb".




He added, "Republicans are doing so well in early voting, and at the polls, and now this "Bomb" stuff happens and the momentum greatly slows - news not talking politics".

He urged the crowd to vote for Republicans this election, saying, "a vote for Democrats is a vote for open borders and a vote for tax hikes".

"There may be other packages in transit now and other packages on the way", Wray said.

None of the devices detonated and no-one has been hurt.

"[DNA] has been helping law enforcement in a tremendous way", former NY anti-terror task force co-chair Robert Strang said to FOX Business' Connell McShane on "Cavuto: Coast-to-Coast" on Friday.

While CNN was among the recipients of packages this week, the vast majority of tweets from the account linked to the suspect show screen grabs or videos of television news coverage depict segments from Fox News.

Wray added that "these are not hoax devices", though they are still being processed and analyzed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in order to determine if "they were functional". Bomb experts and security analysts say that based on their rudimentary construction it appeared they were more likely created to sow fear 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.

"While we can not say that Trump's speech directly incites violence, it is clear that some people are influenced by it", the executive director continued on. There is no information that suggests Wasserman Schultz sent the packages.

"We will prosecute them, him, her, whoever it may be, to the fullest extent of the law", the president said at the White House.

The FBI also has acknowledged there may be more improvised explosive devices still moving through the mail toward other targets that haven't yet arrived.

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