Police investigate suspicious package addressed to Robert De Niro in Tribeca

A packet with similar content to devices that appeared to be an explosive was sent to actor Robert De Niro in the building where the actor's producer Tribeca Productions and his restaurant Tribeca Grills are located in New York

Federal authorities investigating the pipe bombs sent to prominent Democrats and critics of US President Donald Trump are focusing on Florida, where they believe at least some of 10 packages originated.

The FBI confirmed Friday it had recovered a suspicious package in Florida addressed to Senator Cory Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey.

Investigators are treating the devices as "live" explosives, not a hoax, said James O'Neill, police commissioner of New York City, where two of the parcels have surfaced since the bomb scare began Monday with a device addressed to billionaire Democratic Party donor George Soros.

That would bring the total number of bombs sent out this week to 12.

The man suspected of sending at least a dozen parcel bombs to high-profile critics of U.S. President Donald Trump is a 56-year-old registered Republican in Florida with a lengthy criminal history, according to public records.

Actor Robert De Niro: A suspicious package received at a nonresidential building in NY and addressed to him shows similarities to other pipe bomb packages.

Officials are trying to determine if the sender or senders were trying to sow fear or actually cause physical destruction.

Trump and his media allies have pointed to the overheated rhetoric of those on the left, including the hounding of members of the administration as they eat at D.C. restaurants. "Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!" he wrote. Most of these explosives are crude pipe bombs coming in a similar kind of yellow packages with a return address of Florida.

The Miami-Dade Police Department tweeted that its bomb squad and K-9 Unit are providing assistance to federal partners at the USPS Opa-locka mail facility.

On Thursday, the investigation widened with the discovery of three additional packages.

Trump's use of sarcasm quotes around "bomb" appeared to be an allusion to skepticism voiced by some former investigators and explosives specialists about the devices.




The package sent to CNN was discovered at a mail facility in Manhattan. Clapper is a contributor for CNN.

All the packages were sent in manila envelopes with bubble wrap, marked with computer-printed address labels. They bore the return address of Florida Rep.

Sarah Flores, a spokeswoman for the Justice Department, said a news conference is scheduled for later Friday.

De Niro spoke about the incident in a statement, saying, "I thank God no one's been hurt, and I thank the courageous and resourceful security and law enforcement people for protecting us". Maxine Waters of California.

The chief of police in NY said he is "certain" that the perpetrators would be identified and arrested, but, as his colleague in the FBI, he refused to disclose any information that could be harmful to the investigation.

"Stop blaming others. Look at yourself in the mirror, your inflammatory rhetoric, your insults, lies and incitement to physical violence are shameful", has tweeted on Thursday, John Brennan, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, virulent detractor of the president, and specifically referred to by the package, filed Wednesday in the offices of CNN in NY.

Mr Trump has since tweeted saying this "bomb stuff" had slowed momentum for the Republicans ahead of the United States midterm elections less than two weeks away.

"Stop blaming others. Look in the mirror".

The devices sent to Soros, Brennan and the top Democratic officials appeared to be pipe bombs, said Bryan Paarmann, FBI special agent in charge of the counterterrorism division in NY. Two were intended for former vice-president Joe Biden at his home state of Delaware and one for actor Robert De Niro in Manhattan. He has a criminal history and ties to NY, the sources added. Electrical wires leading out of the pipe led to an electric timer taped to the pipe, according to law enforcement officials speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the investigation.

After Oscar-winning actor De Niro's expletive-laden attack on the President at the Tony Awards in June, Mr Trump called him a "very low-IQ individual".

The first crude bomb to be discovered had been delivered Monday to the suburban NY compound of George Soros, a liberal billionaire and major contributor to Democratic causes.

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