Suspect arrested after explosive devices sent to Trump critics and CNN

By Meg Wagner, Veronica Rocha, Sophie Tatum, Eric Levenson, Brian Ries, Paul P. Murphy and Jessie Yeung, CNN
2:25 p.m. ET, November 5, 2018
12:44 p.m. ET, October 24, 2018

The package at Wasserman Schultz's office was addressed to Eric Holder

From CNN's Pamela Brown and Josh Campbell

A suspicious package was sent to Eric Holder but it had the wrong address and was returned to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s office in Florida because that was the return label on the package, according to two law enforcement sources.

The same return address was used for the Clinton and Obama suspicious packages.

Separately, the George Soros packages is believed to have been placed in the mailbox, not mailed, according to a separate law enforcement source.

Earlier today: A law enforcement source and a federal source briefed on the investigation into the Soros package said it had the return address of Wasserman Schultz, a prominent Democratic member of Congress.

12:56 p.m. ET, October 24, 2018

Rubio: "If you try to kill any of us you will have to face all of us"

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, says "an attack on an American who happens to be a Democrat, Republican or Independent is an attack on America," in a tweet.

He continues, "the terrorist behind this will soon find out that while a free people have politics that are conflictive, if you try to kill any of us you will have to face all of us."

12:35 p.m. ET, October 24, 2018

Catch up quick: Here's who has received suspicious packages

From Eric Levenson:

Suspicious packages were sent to several prominent political figures in the past few days.

  • George Soros: A suspicious package targeting the billionaire investor and philanthropist on Monday was rendered safe in Bedford, New York, a law enforcement source told CNN.
  • Hillary Clinton: The Secret Service intercepted a package addressed to the home of the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee in Westchester County, New York late Tuesday night.
  • Barack Obama: The Secret Service intercepted a suspicious package addressed to the former president early Wednesday morning at his home in Washington, D.C.
  • John Brennan: A package with an explosive device sent to CNN’s New York offices today was addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan, according to city and local law enforcement officials.
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz: The Florida Democrat's office was evacuated after a suspicious package was found mailed there this morning, according to a police spokesman.

A US intelligence official tells CNN it is too early to tell whether there is a nexus to terrorism at this point regarding the suspicious packages sent to multiple locations.

12:33 p.m. ET, October 24, 2018

ATF on scene in New York, DC and Florida

From CNN's David Shortell

Officials with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive are on scene Wednesday at the site of the multiple suspicious packages.

They responding to packages mailed to officials in DC, and are at the Time Warner Center in New York and the office of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in Sunrise, Florida, ATF spokesperson April Langwell said.

They were also in New York at George Soros’ home Tuesday, she said.

12:45 p.m. ET, October 24, 2018

White House issues a statement on the "attempted violent attacks"

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted a statement on a series of suspicious packages sent to various political figures.

"These terrorizing acts are despicable, and anyone responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law," Sanders' statement said.

Read the full statement below:

12:22 p.m. ET, October 24, 2018

Intelligence community monitoring situation with packages, official says

From CNN's Zachary Cohen

A US intelligence official tells CNN it is too early to tell whether there is a nexus to terrorism at this point regarding the suspicious packages sent to multiple locations today. 

The official says the intelligence community is monitoring the situation regarding the suspicious packages, saying it is still very early in the process.

Intelligence agencies could become involved later on but at this point law enforcement is still assessing the facts on the ground, the official tells CNN.

 

12:18 p.m. ET, October 24, 2018

San Diego Union-Tribune office, Kamala Harris office evacuated

San Diego Police are currently investigating a suspicious package and have closed off a section of 6th Avenue where the San Diego Union-Tribune is located, according to Officer Billy Hernandez.

The building that was evacuated houses the San Diego Union-Tribune, Senator Kamala Harris' field office, and other offices this morning.

It is not clear where the packages were to be delivered. One U-T staffer also noted that a bicycle pump looking device was near the boxes. 

12:17 p.m. ET, October 24, 2018

Emergency alert confirms "suspicious device" removed from Time Warner Center

People in the area of the Time Warner Center building just received an emergency alert notifying them the device was removed by NYPD bomb squad, confirming what we heard earlier from a law enforcement source.

See it:

12:16 p.m. ET, October 24, 2018

Melania Trump "condemns all forms of threats and violence," her spokesperson says

From CNN's Kate Bennett

First lady Melania Trump's spokesperson Stephanie Grisham just issued a statement regarding today's suspicious package.

 “Mrs. Trump condemns all forms of threats and violence, and thanks law enforcement for their heroic efforts," Grisham said.