Explosives return address belongs to Wasserman Schultz
The building was evacuated Wednesday morning after the device was found in the mail room.
Other suspicious packages with possible explosive devices were found near the Clinton family home in Westchester County and near the Obama home in Washington, D.C., and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz, authorities said.
The return address on the suspicious package containing the device sent to CNN was listed as belonging to Schultz, who currently serves in the House as U.S. representative for Florida’s 23rd congressional district and is the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.
Rep. Maxine Waters, a Democrat from California, was also targeted with a similar package, CBS News reported.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said his office had also received a suspicious device and “is being handled,” but it turned out to be unrelated and contained computer files about the Proud Boys, a group involved in an altercation outside the Metropolitan Republican Club recently.
The device at Time Warner Center was found in the building’s mail room and was addressed to “John Brennan c/o CNN,” referring to the former CIA director who had his security clearance removed after criticism of President Donald Trump. Brennan does not work at CNN, and is a contributor at MSNBC, CBS2’s Jessica Moore reported.
The fire alarm could be heard going off while CNN was on the air and its staff evacuated.
CNN continued to broadcast during the evacuation, which took place at around 10 a.m
NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said that an envelope with white powder was also recovered with the device. That powder is being tested and personnel who may have come in contact with it decontaminated, authorities said.
“We have seen this before. We have seen worse, and we will not be intimidated,” O’Neill said. “We will bring these perpetrators to justice.”
“This clearly is an act of terror, attempting to undermine our free press, leaders of this country through acts of violence,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “I want to make it very clear that the people of New York City will not be intimidated. That we’re going to go about our lives undeterred.”
“We wouldn’t be at all surprised if more devices show up,” Cuomo said.
De Blasio said there were no other credible and specific threats against locations in New York City.
“I want to let all New Yorkers know you can go about your daily routine knowing that the NYPD and all these other agencies are here to protect you,” de Blasio said.
“We will not let terrorism win. Not today, not ever,” Cuomo added.
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