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
11:47 a.m. ET, October 24, 2018

NYPD seen outside Time Warner building with blast suit and containment truck

NYPD bomb squad officers were seen outside the Time Warner Center a few moments ago, with one wearing a blast suit and another driving a truck with a bomb containment chamber on its back into the building.

11:46 a.m. ET, October 24, 2018

Orrin Hatch weighs in on the suspicious packages

From CNN's Liz Landers, Clare Foran and Kristin Wilson

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, was just asked about the suspicious packages, and what that says about the current political climate.

"We’ve got to make sure that the good people on both sides really run the country," he said.

Here's his full comment:

“Well, it’s been around through a number of presidencies. I’ve been here a long time and I’ve seen it happen before, but the American people generally — when you consider we have so many millions of people in this land — you’re going to have some people that are just out of whack. And we’ve got to make sure that the good people on both sides really run the country,” he said.


11:40 a.m. ET, October 24, 2018

President Trump has been briefed

From CNN's Sarah Westwood 

President Trump has been briefed and is getting "constant updates" about the suspicious package situation, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tells CNN. 

11:39 a.m. ET, October 24, 2018

Debbie Wasserman Schultz's Florida office evacuated after suspicious package

From CNN's David Shortell

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Democrat of Florida, was the Democratic National Committee Chair from 2011 to 2016.

The Sunrise, Florida, office of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been evacuated after a suspicious package was found mailed there this morning, according to Officer Chris Piper, a spokesman for the police department.

The area is secured and the bomb squad is on site, Piper said.

It’s not clear if the package contains a device similar to others detected around the country Wednesday. 


11:37 a.m. ET, October 24, 2018

House Speaker Paul Ryan: "We cannot tolerate any attempt to terrorize public figures"

House Speaker Paul Ryan thanked law enforcement and condemned the actions that "attempt to terrorize public figures," in a tweet.

"Those behind such reprehensible acts must be brought to justice," the Wisconsin Republican wrote. "We cannot tolerate any attempt to terrorize public figures."

11:41 a.m. ET, October 24, 2018

JUST IN: Package sent to CNN in New York was addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan

From Brynn Gingras, Mary Anne Fox, and David Shortell:

The 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.

Brennan, an official in the Obama administration, is a frequent CNN guest and Trump critic whose security clearance was revoked by the President this summer.

The device found in the 10 Columbus Circle mailroom is similar to the ones addressed to Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and George Soros, a law enforcement source says.

Another law enforcement official tells CNN's Evan Perez that the initial examination of all of the devices shows them to be constructed similarly. At least one of the devices appeared to contain projectiles, including shards of glass. The devices are rudimentary but functional.

A representative for John Brennan says he is not commenting on the suspicious package that CNN reports was addressed to him.

11:30 a.m. ET, October 24, 2018

Chelsea Clinton thanks the Secret Service

Chelsea Clinton thanks the US Secret Service in a tweet after a suspicious package was addressed to the home of her parents, and addressed to Hillary Clinton.

11:27 a.m. ET, October 24, 2018

Device at Time Warner Center may potentially be transported to the Bronx

CNN’s Poppy Harlow said moments ago that if the potentially explosive cannot be safely defused on-site, it could be transported to a location called Rodman’s Neck in the Bronx and detonated, according to NYPD.

According to the NYPD website, the department maintains a training facility and firing range at that location.

11:26 a.m. ET, October 24, 2018

Package sent to CNN offices was delivered mid-morning

From CNN's Brian Stelter

The package sent to Time Warner Center in New York was addressed to 10 Columbus Circle, according to two law enforcement sources.

Both CNN and the Shops at Columbus Circle, a shopping mall, were listed at that address in internet searches. 

A Warner Media executive tells CNN's Brian Stelter the package was received mid-morning, in the 9 a.m. hour, and the company doesn't yet know who it was addressed to. WarnerMedia has no information about the sender.