FBI finds more mail bombs, addressed to Senator Cory Booker and former National Intelligence Director James Clapper bringing the total to 12

Friday, October 26, 2018
By Paul Martin

FBI discovered suspicious package addressed to Booker in Florida on Thursday
Postal inspector intercepted package to Clapper in Manhattan Friday morning
Was addressed to Clapper at headquarters of CNN, where he is contributor
NYPD bomb squad responded to postal facility in Midtown to remove package
Discoveries mark the 11th and 12th packages targeting outspoken Trump critics
FBI warns the public to be on the lookout and says there could be more bombs

26 October 2018

The FBI has found two new packages believed to be part of the mail bombing spree, addressed to Senator Cory Booker and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

The package to Booker was found on Thursday night at a mail sorting facility in Florida, and the package addressed to Clapper was found at a postal facility in Manhattan on Friday.

The package to Clapper was addressed to CNN’s headquarters in the Time Warner Center in Midtown Manhattan, but was intercepted before delivery.

Clapper joined CNN as a contributor after stepping down as the nation’s most senior intelligence official.

‘At least they got the correct spelling of my name and they got the right network,’ Clapper said in remarks to CNN, referring to an earlier package to CNN addressed to ‘John Brenan’.

John Brennan, a former CIA director, is a contributor for MSNBC.

Clapper said that he had been on vacation with his wife, and had warned the neighbors who were collecting his mail to be on the lookout for suspicious packages as the mail bomb spree developed this week.

However the package intercepted on Friday was addressed to him care of CNN, and was intercepted by postal inspectors before delivery.

The NYPD bomb squad was on scene at the postal facility at West 52nd Street and 8th Avenue on Friday morning.

Booker is a Democrat from New Jersey. Like Clapper and the other targets of the mail bombs, he is an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump.

The identity and motives of the bomber have not been revealed, however, with the FBI saying it is pursuing the case as the agency’s highest priority.

A local police bomb squad and canine units joined federal investigators on Thursday to examine a sprawling U.S. mail distribution center at Opa-Locka, northwest of Miami, Miami-Dade County police said.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said that Florida appeared to be the starting point for at least some of the bomb shipments.

‘Some of the packages went through the mail. They originated, some of them, from Florida,’ she said during an interview with Fox News Channel on Thursday.

‘I am confident that this person or people will be brought to justice.’

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