CNN crews in Sunrise, Florida, spotted a robot moving outside of Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s office earlier today.
The congresswoman’s office was evacuated after a suspicious package was mailed there this morning.
Two law enforcement sources tell CNN that the package was addressed to former Attorney General Eric Holder. It was returned to the Democratic congresswoman because that was the return label on the package, the sources said, adding that it was the same return address for the packages sent to Obama and Clinton.
The Time Warner Center in New York City, which had been evacuated earlier, has reopened and personnel is being allowed back in the building.
“The NYPD has concluded its security sweep, and it is now safe to return to the building,” CNN President Jeff Zucker said in a company-wide email. “I so appreciate your patience, as I know what a long day this has been for all of you.”
The package addressed to Rep. Maxine Waters had similarities to the other suspicious packages, according to two law enforcement sources.
One source said that belief was based on the timing, packaging and devices inside the packages. It was not clear if it was capable of exploding.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker responded to the “attempted terrorist act” in a tweet on Wednesday afternoon, hours ahead of a campaign rally where President Donald Trump is set to join him.
An attempted terrorist act against any American is an attack against all Americans. We are united in our stand against acts of terrorism.
— Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) October 24, 2018
Retired FBI Special Agent and bomb technician Jim Maxwell said that even rudimentary and crudely made pipe bombs, such as those sent to political figures and CNN’s New York office today, can still be extremely dangerous and fatal.
“Don’t be lulled into thinking that just because this is a rudimentary device that this is not dangerous,” he said.
For example, the Tsarnaev brothers carried out the Boston Marathon bombings using bombs partly made from fireworks to create an explosion.
“These types of devices, if they go off, can wreak a lot of havoc,” he said.
Speaking at a Justice Department awards ceremony in Washington this afternoon, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said that the department “is responding” to situation surrounding the suspicious packages found Wednesday.
“We condemn those actions of the person or persons who sent those devices in the strongest possible terms and we are determined that justice will be done,” Rosenstein said, reading prepared remarks that were expected to be given by Attorney General Jeff Sessions (but who is still at the White House for an opioids event).
Rosenstein added: “In the meantime, as we proceed to carry out our duties we will not be intimidated by any threats.”
Former President Bill Clinton thanked the Secret Service in a tweet after a suspicious package was intercepted near their home.
The FBI said a suspicious device intended for Bill and Hillary Clinton was found at a screening facility near their residence in Chappaqua, New York, but offered no additional comment, citing the ongoing investigation.
Hillary Clinton was not at home in New York last night; Bill Clinton was, according to a source familiar with his location.
Earlier today, during a fundraising event in Miami, Florida, Clinton thanked the Secret Service: “Every day we are grateful for their service and commitment and obviously never more than today.”
President Trump is still planning to travel to Mosinee, Wisconsin, this evening for a political rally in support of embattled Republican Gov. Scott Walker, White House Communications Director Bill Shine tells CNN.
Earlier today, Trump received briefings on the suspicious packages targeting several high ranking Democratic leaders and CNN in the residence of the White House, where he spent most of his morning.
Trump, speaking at an event aimed at combatting opioid abuse, addressed the packages.
“This egregious conduct is abhorrent to everything we hold dear and sacred as Americans,” he said.
The Postal Inspection Service, the law enforcement arm of the US Postal Service, says it is “working closely with our law enforcement partners on this investigation.”
“As of now, the FBI is the lead agency, so any specific questions about the investigation need to be directed to their national press office.”
President Trump, speaking at an opioids event at the White House, first addressed the series of suspicious packages that have been discovered today.
He called for unity as officials investigate the possible explosive devices.
“I just want to tell you that in these times we have to unify, we have to come together and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America,” he said.
Trump said “the full weight of our government” is investigating the packages and will “bring those responsible for these despicable acts to justice.”
He added: “The safety of the American people is my highest and absolute priority,” he said.
First lady Melania Trump, speaking at an opioid event this afternoon, addressed a series of suspicious packages mailed to former White House officials, calling the acts “cowardly.”
“We cannot tolerate those cowardly attacks and I strongly condemn all who choose violence,” the first lady said.
She added: “I’m grateful to the secret service as well as the federal and local law enforcement for all they do on a daily basis to keep us safe and encourage people across the country to choose kindness over hatred.”
"I want to take a moment to talk about today's news … we can not tolerate those cowardly attacks, and I strongly condemn all who choose violence." First Lady Melania Trump addresses Suspicious packages sent to Time Warner Center, Clinton and Obama https://t.co/m6mzWl8LGK pic.twitter.com/WK0W8A5kA5
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) October 24, 2018
Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo issued a statement on the suspicious package sent to Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s office.
“This isn’t about politics,” Rizzo said.
The FBI is currently at Wasserman-Schultz’s office in Florida. Two law enforcement sources tell CNN the suspicious package was addressed to Eric Holder, but it had the wrong address. Schultz’s office in Florida received it because the congresswoman’s address was listed on the return label.
The same return address was also used for the suspicious packages addressed to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
“This kind of targeted hate and violence has no place in our country and will not be tolerated,” Rizzo said in her statement. “Unfortunately, we have seen some candidates for office use highly divisive and toxic rhetoric during this cycle. Today’s greatly disturbing events are a reminder that everyone needs to tone it down in the last two weeks and focus on the issues.”
Ahead of President Trump’s event on opioid abuse, CNN is learning the President will call the attempted bombings “egregious,” and will label it an act of “domestic terrorism.”
Two sources tell CNN that Maxine Waters was the intended recipient of the package intercepted at the sorting facility.