Robert De Niro responds to receiving mail bomb: 'People MUST vote'

Trump blames media after bomb scares

Before the De Niro and Biden packages were in police custody Thursday, authorities said seven pipe bombs stashed in manila envelopes were discovered this week addressed to six prominent Trump critics: Former President Barack Obama; former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; former Attorney General Eric Holder; Democratic US Rep. Maxine Waters (one to her California office and one to her office in Washington); former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan (sent to CNN's NY offices); and billionaire investor and Democratic donor George Soros.

"We are treating them as live devices", said O'Neill, urging people not to touch packages they deem suspicious.

Police in NY said they were responding to a suspicious package in midtown Manhattan, just blocks from where one of the explosive devices was found earlier this week at CNN's offices in the Time Warner Center.

Federal authorities have detained a person in connection with the mail-bomb scare that widened to 12 suspicious packages, a Justice Department official said Friday.

Hollywood megastar Robert De Niro and former United States vice president Joe Biden were the latest targets on Thursday of a spree of 10 devices and pipe bombs sent to opponents of Donald Trump as the president lashed out at the media for stirring up "anger".

The devices have targeted well-known Democrats including former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton and former Attorney General Eric Holder. None had exploded, and it wasn't immediately clear if they were meant to cause physical harm or simply sow fear and anxiety.

The episode sparked an outcry from Trump's critics, who charged that his inflammatory rhetoric against Democrats and the press was creating a climate for politically motivated violence. "Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!" he wrote. In a statement released by his publicist on Friday, the actor says "There's something more powerful than bombs, and that's your vote".

The discovery comes as investigators in Florida turned up another suspicious package targeting N.J. Sen.

Then came the packages sent to Brennan and CNN, Waters, former Vice President Joe Biden and the actor Robert de Niro.

FBI Director Christopher Wray says the pipe bombs were "not hoax devices".

The package to Clapper was addressed to him at CNN's Midtown Manhattan address. As in comments earlier in the week, he did not mention that the package recipients were all Democrats or officials in Obama's administration, in addition to CNN, a news network he criticizes nearly daily.

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The packages were sent in manila envelopes with bubble wrap, marked with computer-printed address labels. His ended up at the Sunrise, Fla., office of Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was listed as the return address.

The mail-bomb spree began on Monday with a device found at the NY home of billionaire liberal donor George Soros.

"I thank God no one's been hurt, and I thank the fearless and resourceful security and law enforcement people for protecting us", he said.

The bomb packages were sent as the nation prepares for November 6 elections that will decide whether Democrats take control of one or both houses of Congress from Republicans and deny Mr Trump the majority his party now holds in both. Investigators are homing in on a postal facility in Opa-locka, Florida, where they believe some of the packages originated, another official said.

The chief of police in NY said he is "certain" that the perpetrators would be identified and arrested, but, as his colleague in the FBI, he refused to disclose any information that could be harmful to the investigation.

Brennan replied Trump should stop blaming others and should "Look in the mirror". "And it is not known if they are here (in New York) or elsewhere in the country", he added.

The bombs seized on Wednesday, each with a small battery, were about six inches long and packed with powder and broken glass, said a law enforcement official who viewed X-ray images.

The devices sent to Clinton, De Niro, Obama, the CNN offices and Waters' East Coast office are either with the Federal Bureau of Investigation or headed to the agency's lab in Quantico.

So far no one has been hurt.

CNN's New York City offices at the Time Warner Center were evacuated Wednesday when a similar device was sent there addressed to Brennan, an NBC News commentator.

The first crude bomb to be discovered had been delivered Monday to the suburban NY compound of George Soros, a liberal billionaire and major contributor to Democratic causes.

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