Authorities now say they have intercepted a fifth suspicious package, this time at the offices of former DNC Chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL). The package was addressed to former Attorney General Eric Holder.
Law enforcement officials descended on Wasserman Schultz’s Florida office early Wednesday, just as news was breaking that suspicious packages had been intercepted in both New York and Washington, D.C., addressed to former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama.
The fifth package was addressed to former Attorney General Eric Holder, but was reportedly delivered to Wasserman Schultz because it was listed as “undeliverable” by the US Postal Service and returned to sender. Wasserman Schultz’s Florida office was listed as the return address.
The suspected bomber apparently mailed Holder’s package to the wrong address.
BREAKING: per @PamelaBrownCNN, a suspicious package was sent to former AG eric holder, but it was the wrong address, so it was returned to the return address … which was that of debbie wasserman schultz
— kelly cohen (@politiCOHEN_) October 24, 2018
The Daily Wire reported earlier that authorities believe all five attempted bombings are connected, and that all five packages share similar characteristics: the suspicious devices were wrapped in manila paper, contained most of the same components, were mailed using stamps, and all five listed Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Florida office as the return address. All of the devices “appear to be working explosives,” according to a local NBC affiliate in Washington, D.C..
Authorities are reporting only one key difference in the packages so far: the package destined for Democratic mega-donor George Soros, which appeared at his New York home on Tuesday before the other packages arrived at offices and Secret Service screening facilities, was reportedly hand-delivered and placed in a “wooded area” near Soros’s home, where it was discovered by a member of the household staff.
The four other packages were mailed.
Two packages — the ones destined for Clinton and Obama — were intercepted by the Secret Service. Neither Clinton nor Obama has mail delivered directly to their homes; the Secret Service screens their mail at offsite facilities before delivery.
“The packages were immediately identified during routine mail screening procedures as potential explosive devices and were appropriately handled as such,” Secret Service said in a statement. “Both packages were intercepted prior to being delivered to their intended location. The protectees did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them.”
One package, sent to CNN’s New York offices in the Time Warner Center in New York City, arrived at its destination but was addressed to former CIA director John Brennan, who is a contributing reporter at MSNBC, not CNN. The NYPD evacuated CNN’s New York studios and most of Columbus Circle while they swept for additional suspicious items.
Authorities in Florida told local media that no one was hurt by the fifth device. Wasserman Schultz’s office was evacuated as soon as the device was discovered.