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October 29, 2018

A suspicious package addressed to CNN was intercepted at an Atlanta post office Monday, the network has reported.

It is not immediately clear whether the package comes from the same batch of explosives believed to be mailed to Democratic and media figures by a Florida man named Cesar Sayoc last week. CNN was among the recipients targeted by that first mailing.

"There is no imminent danger to the CNN Center," said CNN's president, Jeff Zucker. "All mail, at all CNN domestic bureaus, is being screened at off-site facilities as of last Wednesday, so this package would NOT have come directly to the CNN Center, even if hadn't been intercepted first." Bonnie Kristian

October 27, 2018

Cesar Sayoc, the suspect arrested in connection to the package bombs mailed to prominent Democratic and media figures this past week, "was someone lost" who "found a father in [President] Trump," Sayoc's family's attorney, Ron Lowy, said on CNN Friday night.

Lowy told CNN's Anderson Cooper he believes Sayoc "was attracted to the Trump formula of reaching out ... to these types of outsiders, people who don't fit in, people who are angry at America, telling them they have a place at the table, telling them that it's okay to get angry." He described Sayoc as acting "like a 14-year-old in an adult's body," not "working on all cylinders."

Sayoc is now subject to multiple federal charges. Watch Lowy's full comments below; his segment begins around the 10-minute mark. Bonnie Kristian

October 26, 2018

FBI agents arrested 56-year-old Cesar Altieri Sayoc on Friday, charging him with five counts in relation to explosive-laden packages that appeared around the country this week. The FBI identified 13 packages that likely came from Sayoc, and he now faces 48 years in prison, per a Department of Justice complaint.

Fingerprint evidence and "possible DNA association" connected the suspicious packages addressed to former government officials, donors, and politicians critical of President Trump, the filing showed. The packages came from a Florida postal center near where Sayoc lives, and addressees' names featured misspellings that were frequent on Sayoc's social media accounts. All 13 packages contained "potentially explosive" materials that were "not hoax devices," FBI Director Chris Wray confirmed in a Friday press conference. There may be other packages in transit, he said.

After Sayoc's arrest, images began circulating of a van covered in anti-CNN and pro-Trump stickers taken into FBI custody. The Friday filings confirm the van belonged to Sayoc.

In the conference, Attorney General Jeff Sessions specified that Sayoc is charged with threats against former presidents and illegal mailing of explosives, among other charges. Sessions closed the hearing by saying he didn't know why Sayoc targeted Democrats, but added that he "appears to be a partisan." Read the entire complaint against Sayoc here. Kathryn Krawczyk

October 26, 2018

"One person is in custody" after a wave of suspicious packages were sent to prominent lawmakers and Democratic donors, a Department of Justice spokeswoman said Friday. A 56-year-old man with a criminal history was arrested in south Florida, partly due to DNA evidence, law enforcement sources told CBS News.

The news comes after a New York Times report suggested authorities were centering their investigation in Florida. The packages did list the return address as Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's (D-Fla.) Florida office, reports the Times. But U.S. Postal Service data is reportedly what indicated the bombs were likely mailed from the state.

A wave of packages to sent former government officials and people who have publicly clashed with Trump began Monday when a package containing a pipe bomb arrived at the property of liberal philanthropist George Soros. Authorities have since identified 12 connected packages, with the two most recent intercepted Friday morning in Florida and New York City. Kathryn Krawczyk

October 26, 2018

Two more suspicious packages surfaced Friday morning, one in Florida addressed to Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and one to former National Intelligence Director James Clapper, sent to CNN's New York address.

The FBI confirmed the Booker-directed package in a tweet, saying the new package was "similar in appearance" to others directed at former government officials and others over the past few days that have contained explosive devices. The package featured a Camden, New Jersey, address, reports NBC News, but may have ended up in Florida because of its return address — the other packages listed Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's (D-Fla.) Florida office as the sender.

The package sent to Clapper was addressed to him and CNN, where he is a contributor, but it was intercepted in a Manhattan mail facility, reports CBS News. A package arrived at CNN on Wednesday, directed to former CIA Director John Brennan. The NYPD also announced it was investigating a "suspicious package" in midtown Manhattan on Friday morning.

Clapper told CNN that "he and his wife had been away from home right now" and neighbors had been getting his mail on Friday. "This is definitely domestic terrorism," he said.

The wave of suspicious packages containing explosive devices began Monday when one showed up at the property of liberal billionaire George Soros. Packages have since been directed to Hillary Clinton, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), and Robert De Niro, among others. These two new discoveries bring the total number of packages up to 12. Kathryn Krawczyk

October 24, 2018

All the suspicious packages sent to current and former government officials, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama, appear to be connected, the NYPD and FBI officials confirmed Wednesday.

After a suspicious package arrived at CNN's New York City office, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) joined other officials for a press conference addressing the situation. All the packages confirmed so far seem to have originated from the same person, and all contained "what appear to be pipe bombs," NYPD counterterrorism head John Miller said. Cuomo then said a "device" was sent to his Manhattan office, though an NYPD spokesperson has since said that was not true.

Liberal philanthropist George Soros, former CIA Director John Brennan, and former Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) were also all mailed packages confirmed to have contained explosive devices. Brennan's package was addressed to CNN's New York office, prompting a newsroom evacuation. The device appeared to be live, and also came with "an envelope containing white powder," NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said Wednesday. The powder is being tested and contained in CNN's mailroom area, Miller said.

Many packages had Wasserman Schultz's office as the return address, CNN has reported. The package that reached Wasserman Schultz's office was actually addressed to former Attorney General Eric Holder, but ended up with Wasserman Schultz because the address was incorrect, NBC News reports.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) was also reportedly sent a suspicious package that was intercepted by Capitol Hill police. None of the confirmed devices actually reached their addressees. Kathryn Krawczyk

October 24, 2018

Update 2:07 p.m. ET: The package was addressed to former Attorney General Eric Holder, reports MSNBC. Due to a problem with the address, the package was sent to Wasserman Schultz's office, which was listed as the return address. Our original post appears below:


Another "suspicious package" has surfaced near a building where Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's (D-Fla.) office is located, police in Sunrise, Florida, confirmed to CBS affiliate WFOR. The office building was evacuated, multiple local outlets report.

Wasserman Schultz is the former chair of the Democratic National Committee, making her the third notable Democrat to receive a suspicious package on Wednesday. Suspicious packages, which The New York Times reports contained explosives, were addressed to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Westchester County office and former President Barack Obama's home. Secret Service says it intercepted those packages before they reached addressees. An official also says the devices found inside were similar to an explosive found at liberal donor George Soros' home on Monday.

Another package was also found at the Time Warner Center in New York City, which houses CNN's newsroom. It was addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan, who has been critical of President Trump, CNN reports. Return addresses on all the packages reportedly feature Wasserman Schultz's name and office address, per NBC News.

Sunrise police told people to stay out of the area near Wasserman Schultz's office in a Wednesday tweet, and the Broward County Sheriff's office tweeted that its bomb squad was on the scene. Kathryn Krawczyk

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