Suspicious Package Sent to Robert De Niro in NYC

Oscar Cross
October 25, 2018

De Niro, the founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, is a vocal critic of President Donald Trump.

De Niro has clashed with Trump several times in the past, both during the presidential campaign and afterwards.

Authorities retrieved three more suspicious packages Thursday, two addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden in Delaware and one to Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro in Manhattan, officials said.

All the packages were removed, and there were no reports of injuries.

Barack Obama: The package sent to Obama was intercepted in Washington, DC, during routine mail screening procedures, the Secret Service said.

The Secret Service launched an investigation to find the source of the packages.

Those devices were sent to Hillary and Bill Clinton and former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, Rep.

Steve Scalise, victim of a shooting by a Bernie Sanders supporter who opened fire on Republicans at a morning baseball practice, said, "We all have our disagreements, you should never make those personal". The same vehicle was used Wednesday when an explosive device was found at CNN. The first package was reported on Monday, at the residence of billionaire activist George Soros.

Ten explosive devices have been sent to high-profile newsmakers, including a news network, since late Tuesday.

The package - which was intercepted at the facility in New Castle - was similar to the ones that were sent to several top Democrats and CNN, according to NBC News Philadelphia. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was listed as the return address.

Former FBI agent James Gagliano shared Prokupecz's analysis and said that "we are not out of the woods in the sense there may be other packages out there yet to be discovered".

The devices appeared to be pipe bombs, said Bryan Paamann, FBI special agent in charge of the counterterrorism division in NY.

One target of the suspicious devices, former CIA Director John Brennan, hit back at Trump on Twitter on Thursday.

"Stop blaming others. Look in the mirror", Brennan tweeted.

All the people who were targeted are frequently maligned by right-wing critics, including former USA president Barack Obama, former secretary of state and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Obama's attorney general Eric Holder. The bombs were unstable and could have been set off just by handling, sources said.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered "100 additional National Guard soldiers and directing State law enforcement to double security at vital assets across NY, including LaGuardia and JFK, mass transit systems, and bridges and tunnels". The targeted Democrats have all been verbally targeted by Trump in the past, as has CNN, which he's slammed various times for delivering "fake news".

Trump initially made a statement from the White House trying to "unify" the nation in a self-described "very bipartisan statement".

An initial examination shows they are are rudimentary but functional, and have similar construction.

"New York Police swarmed a building associated with the Hollywood actor in Tribeca early Thursday morning after the suspicious package was found", the Daily Mail reported.

An FBI statement said the other packages consisted of a manila envelope with a bubble-wrap interior containing "potentially destructive devices".

Trump's words didn't satisfy his political opponents, however.

Still, as news broke of the suspicious package at the De Niro-linked building, Trump tweeted the media must "clean up it's act, FAST!"

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