Police investigate suspicious package addressed to Robert De Niro

Police officers with a bomb disposal robot outside an evacuated post office in Wilmington Delaware on Thursday after the discovery of additional suspicious packages. Two of them were intended for former vice-president Joe Biden in his home state

Also on Thursday, a suspicious package addressed to Robert De Niro was reported at the Manhattan building where his production company is based.

The package contained a pipe bomb and was addressed to De Niro, whose Tribeca Productions shares the restaurant's address. The bombs were all shipped in the same envelope with the same stamps and same labels.

De Niro, who received a loud ovation when he hurled an obscenity at Trump at the Tony Awards last June, also was targeted, the official said.

Two officials told The Associated Press on Thursday that a person affiliated with the Tribeca Film Center was off work when he saw an image on the Internet and elsewhere of the package containing a crude pipe bomb sent to CNN.

Trump was briefed on the latest suspicious packages found on Thursday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. "We condemn the actions that led to these activities in the strongest possible terms and are determined to make sure we get to the bottom of it and justice is done". Authorities do not believe she had anything to do with the packages and think she was a potential victim.

Neither bomb got close to its intended target, and neither contained a written message, according to law enforcement officials, but the twin discoveries led to other undetonated devices being found elsewhere, including in the mailroom at CNN's NY headquarters and a district office of Rep.

The package sent to the actor also had the same return address as the others: that of Democratic US Rep. Mainstream Media must clean up its act.

The package was addressed to the Hollywood actor and was similar to the one sent to CNN and others on Wednesday, sources told Fox 5 News in New York City.

Packages were also sent to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, as well as CNN's NY office.

Law enforcement officials told The Washington Post the devices had pipes stuffed with explosive material and were wrapped in electrical wire and tape, but they did not describe how they would have been detonated.




Devices sent to former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Eric Holder, California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters and Democratic donor George Soros showed the presence of a sulfur substance, which could have exploded, a law enforcement official said.

A suspicious package addressed to Biden was found at a mail facility in New Castle County in DE, a federal law enforcement official told Reuters.

But at the same event, he blamed the media and on Twitter Thursday kept up the argument that the media plays a role.

The first package, which turned up on Monday, was addressed to Soros, the billionaire financier and advocate of liberal, open-border values who is a frequent target of right-wing conspiracy theories.

A law enforcement source said a similar package addressed to Biden was intercepted at a DE mail facility, reigniting fear yesterday's bomb scare drama was not an isolated event.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House of Representatives top Democrat Nancy Pelosi said Trump's call for unity rang "hollow" because of his past statements condoning acts of violence.

"Any acts or threats of political violence are an attack on our democracy itself", Trump said.

She defended Mr Trump's tweet attacking the media and said: "The president feels we should call out despicable acts, which is what he has done, but day in day out there's a negative tone - 90% of the coverage is negative".

Last week, Trump, who joined other Republicans in accusing Democrats of encouraging "mob" tactics, heaped praise on a Montana congressman who assaulted a reporter in 2017.

The FBI says the packages are consistent with the ones sent to other leading Democrats. "The president is certainly not responsible for sending suspicious packages to someone no more than Bernie Sanders was responsible for a supporter of his shooting up a Republican baseball field practice a year ago".

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