The U.S. Secret Service says agents have intercepted packages containing "possible explosive devices" addressed to former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
The agency says neither Clinton nor Obama received the packages, and neither was at risk of receiving them because of screening procedures. It says the devices were discovered late Tuesday and early Wednesday.
The White House is condemning attempted attacks made against former President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says in a statement Wednesday: "These terrorizing acts are despicable, and anyone responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law." She adds: "The United States Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies are investigating and will take all appropriate actions to protect anyone threatened by these cowards."
BREAKING: Secret Service intercepts suspicious packages addressed to the residences of former President Obama and former First Lady Hillary Clinton. Working with our law enforcement partners on the investigation. Our Statement: https://t.co/lJdTn04KmI— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) October 24, 2018
Two law enforcement officials say a suspicious package that prompted an evacuation of CNN's offices in New York City is believed to contain a pipe bomb.
The officials said the CNN bomb was crude but operational and was addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan, who appears on air on other broadcast and cable outlets.
The officials say the device discovered Wednesday appeared to be similar to explosives sent to former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and billionaire George Soros.
A separate law enforcement official told The Associated Press that the explosive discovered at Soros' suburban New York compound on Monday was a pipe bomb.
All three officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the investigation publicly. The Secret Service hasn't provided details about the devices that were sent to Clinton and Obama.
CNN said its bureau in the Time Warner Center was evacuated "as a precaution."
"We are being evacuated right now at time warner center in NYC," Oliver Darcy, a senior media reporter for CNN, tweeted. "Striking scene as alarm went off as @jimsciutto and @PoppyHarlowCNN were on air."