Law enforcement officials discovered two additional suspicious packages Friday morning, one addressed to Sen. Cory Booker which was recovered in Florida and one to former director of National Intelligence James Clapper, marking the 11th and 12th suspicious package sent to prominent critics of the president this week.
The package to Booker was headed to the Democratic senator’s office in Camden, New Jersey, according to a person familiar with the discovery who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the information.
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The package addressed to Clapper was found at a post office in New York City, according to the Associated Press.
The FBI, in a tweet, confirmed they recovered the suspicious package to Booker in Florida.
The bureau is currently investigating at least 10 other suspicious packages, sent to several individuals who have been the target of frequent criticism from President Donald Trump, including former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and former CIA Director John Brennan. The FBI has yet to share with the public any information on a potential suspect or motive.
Brennan’s package was addressed to him at the New York headquarters of CNN, where he does not work. The network’s New York offices were evacuated on Wednesday following the suspicious package’s discovery.
The envelopes discovered across the country contain what appear to be pipe bombs, which are being handled as potential explosive devices, authorities have said.
Critics of the president have cast blame for the flurry of suspected pipe bombs on Trump’s incendiary rhetoric directed against the media and his political opponents, suggesting that it could have encouraged someone to target the president’s opponents. The White House and Trump’s allies have dismissed such theories and some have suggested that the packages were sent by someone intending to make the president look bad in the weeks leading up to next month’s midterm elections.
In a tweet posted just after 3 a.m. Friday morning, Trump bashed CNN’s coverage of the suspicious packages and complained that he is held to an unfair standard as president that his critics are not subject to.
“Funny how lowly rated CNN, and others, can criticize me at will, even blaming me for the current spate of Bombs and ridiculously comparing this to September 11th and the Oklahoma City bombing,” Trump said in a tweet posted just after 3 a.m. “Yet when I criticize them they go wild and scream, ‘it’s just not Presidential!’”