Bomb Spree Targets Robert DeNiro, Joe Biden in Ongoing Threat Against Prominent Democrats
- We begin though withanother suspected bomb
found overnight, thisone in New York City,
reportedly addressed toactor, Robert De Niro.
It comes as a full-scalecriminal investigation
is underway involving secret service, FBI,
and Homeland Securityafter suspicious packages
containing pipe bombs weresent to top political leaders
and CNN's New York headquarters.
Over the past few days, thesecret service recovered
packages addressed to formerfirst lady, Hillary Clinton,
and former President, Barack Obama.
Both packages were mailed to their homes.
Other suspicious packages were sent to the
Time Warner Center in New York City
and the offices of congressional leaders
in Florida and California.
In New York, after theTime Warner building
was evacuated, the New YorkPolice Department's bomb squad
said the package wasfound in the mail room
and also contained awhite, powdery substance.
Retired FBI explosive expert, Tom Thurman,
says authorities will nowtry to disassemble the
suspected bombs and toexamine the possible sources
of the components.
- If it's an electrical system, exactly,
wires, batteries, battery holders,
switch how the device was meant to explode
and the components associated with that,
what we call a fusing system.
- The full weight of ourgovernment is being deployed
to conduct this investigationand bring those responsible
for these despicable acts to justice.
- President Trump condemnedthe attacks and said,
"During these times, we mustcome together as a nation,"
and he started his rallyin Wisconsin last night
by condemning the bombpackages and saying,
"Any acts or threats of political violence
"are an attack on democracy itself."
Our CBN National SecurityCorrespondent, Eric Rosales,
is on this story.
He joins us now from Washington.
So Eric, what do you knowabout this new package
that was reportedly addressedto actor, Robert De Niro?
- Well Efrem, I just got offthe phone with my FBI sources.
They tell me that actuallyyeah, they received a call
at around 4:00 this morning.
It was early this morningthat a personal assistant
to Robert De Niro wasactually going through
some of the mail and endedup finding the device.
They do say that the envelopewas actually addressed
to Robert De Niro himself.
It was sent over to 375Greenwich Street in New York.
That is, of course, theresidence of Tribeca Grill.
That is a restaurant thatis owned by Robert De Niro.
It's also home to theTribeca Film Festival.
Now, De Niro was not there at the time
and NYPD actually did remove the bomb.
They took it over to detonate it over at
its Bronx facility.
They are going to be combingthrough that evidence
right now and De Niro hasbeen a strong vocal critic
of President Trump, but hewas not hurt in the area.
Sources say that thescene is still very active
there in New York in the Greenwich area
and they're still tryingto determine if the bomb
was actually sent there in the mail
or if someone actually walkedup and delivered it by hand.
- Eric, what exactly areinspectors looking for
as they look at these packages now?
- Well, you know, becausethese packages didn't explode,
they are able to kind of try and find out
the signature of the bomber.
They're looking at the components.
They're looking at thebatteries, things like that.
But they also wanna be able toexamine the explosive itself
to see if it's commercial grade,
to see if it's military grade,
and then they're gonnago component by component
and pull that apart andfind out if they can end up
finding out where thisdevice was actually made.
Any sort of minute detailis what they wanna find out.
Biometrics, DNA, they wanna be able to see
if there's any sort of DNA residue
that's left on any of thecomponents themselves.
More than likely, thebomb maker was probably
wearing gloves and things like that,
but even a drop of sweat has DNA.
So, anything that cantie them to the person
or the people who areresponsible for this tragedy.
- Alright, National SecurityCorrespondent, Eric Rosales,
thank you so much for yourreport on this this morning.