Suspect arrested after explosive devices sent to Trump critics and CNN

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3:50 p.m. ET, October 24, 2018

Time Warner Center in New York has reopened

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."

Watch as CNN's Chris Cuomo describes the scene:

3:19 p.m. ET, October 24, 2018

Device sent to Congresswoman Maxine Waters similar in ways to other devices

From CNN's Pamela Brown, MK Mallonee and Liz Landers

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.


3:17 p.m. ET, October 24, 2018

Wisconsin governor responds to suspicious packages ahead of campaign rally with Trump

From CNN's Amanda Golden

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.

3:14 p.m. ET, October 24, 2018

Retired FBI bomb tech: Even crude pipe bombs can be fatal

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.


3:13 p.m. ET, October 24, 2018

Rod Rosenstein on suspicious packages: "We will not be intimidated by any threats"

From CNN's Laura Jarrett and David Siegel

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."

3:10 p.m. ET, October 24, 2018

Bill Clinton thanks Secret Service in tweet

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."

2:52 p.m. ET, October 24, 2018

Trump still plans to go to Wisconsin for a rally tonight

From CNN's Jim Acosta and Jeff Zeleny 

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.

2:36 p.m. ET, October 24, 2018

Postal Inspection Service says it's working with law enforcement on the packages and that FBI is the lead

From CNN's Joe Johns

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."

2:41 p.m. ET, October 24, 2018

Trump speaks after suspicious packages: "We have to unify"

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.