BOSTON (CBS/AP) — Bombs and other suspicious packages targeting Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama and CNN were intercepted Wednesday in a rash of attacks aimed at prominent Democrats and a cable news network often criticized by political conservatives.

A similar device was found Monday at the New York compound of liberal billionaire George Soros, a major contributor to Democratic causes.

There were no explosions and no reports of injuries. The Massachusetts State Fire Marshal and Boston’s FBI office said there were no reports of suspicious devices in the Bay State on Wednesday.

Massachusetts’ two U.S. senators both weighed in, with Sen. Elizabeth Warren saying violence “has no place in our democracy.”

Sen. Ed Markey called on both sides to stand united against the acts.

The White House also quickly condemned the attacks. Vice President Mike Pence said they “have no place in this country,” and President Donald Trump tweeted, “I agree wholeheartedly.”

The U.S. Secret Service intercepted a bomb that was addressed to Hillary Clinton at her Chappaqua, New York, home and a possible explosive that was sent to former President Obama in his home in Washington. And a police bomb squad removed a suspicious package from CNN’s New York headquarters, which was evacuated.

A police response in New York City after a suspicious device was sent to a building that houses CNN. (CBS)

Overhead TV shots showed a truck carrying that device, which law enforcement officials said was linked to other explosives this week, being driven away.

A U.S. official told The Associated Press that investigators believe the explosive that was discovered near the Clintons’ home was linked to one found Monday at the Soros compound.

The official wasn’t authorized to publicly discuss an ongoing investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The official said one of the packages had the return address of Rep. Deborah Wasserman Schultz, an ironic reference to the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee who was accused by Clinton rivals of secretly helping the party’s eventual president nominee.

Neither Clinton nor Obama received the packages, and neither was at risk of receiving them because of screening procedures, the Secret Service said in a statement.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement, “These terrorizing acts are despicable, and anyone responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”

Two law enforcement officials, speaking to AP on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation, said the pipe bomb at CNN was crude but operational and was addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan, who regularly appears as a television contributor and who has publicly clashed with Trump. They said it was similar to other explosives discovered in the past few days.

Hillary Clinton was attending campaign events for Democrats in Florida on Tuesday and Wednesday and was not at the family’s New York residence at the time. Bill Clinton was at the family’s Chappaqua home at the time the package was intercepted at a Westchester County facility, said a person familiar with his schedule. The person said the device was screened at the facility — not in proximity to their residence — and never reached the Clintons’ home.

A law enforcement official told The Associated Press that the package discovered at Soros’ home appeared to be a pipe bomb and was in a package placed in a mailbox outside the gates of the compound. A Soros employee opened it just inside the gates, not near Soros’ quarters, the official said.

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)



  1. Allen Blaine says:

    So, just for the record. CNN was able to take pictures of this bomb. How did they do that? When a bomb is discovered, the building is evacuated and the police either take the bomb to a safe place and detonate it or to a safe lab to disassemble it to inspect the components and maybe use it for evidence as to who built it. The police do not allow journalists or anyone else get close to the bomb. The pictures from CNN show the pipe bomb with a detonator attached to it and right next to it is the large envelope used to send it through the mail Strange th8ing is that the 8 first class stamps were not canceled. That package was not sent through the mail. We are being played for suckers. This is not a partisan issue, this is a false flag event meant to scare people or even have an influence on the elections. Use your brains. The coverage of these bombs is far out pacing the same events that happened to the Republicans.