US lawmaker Cory Booker target of 11th suspect package: FBI

A police dog is loaded into an SUV outside New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker’s office in Camden on Friday, October 26, 2018.

New York: Update:  US President Donald Trump says bomb alerts are harming Republicans’ vote ‘momentum’ in a tweet.


Suspicious packages addressed to New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and former National Intelligence Director James Clapper – and similar in appearance to pipe bomb devices sent to other prominent Democrats – have been intercepted, the FBI said on Friday, as investigators scrambled from coast to coast to locate the culprit and motives behind a bizarre plot aimed at critics of President Donald Trump.

The discoveries brought to 12 the total number of devices addressed in recent days to Democratic figures including former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton.

The FBI said the package to Booker was intercepted in Florida.

“The #FBI has confirmed an 11th package has been recovered in Florida, similar in appearance to the others, addressed to Sen. Cory Booker,” the FBI posted on Twitter.

Booker, seen as a potential candidate for the 2020 presidential election, is among politicians, other public figures and TV news network CNN to have been singled out in the campaign.

The FBI also tweeted about what do if one is faced with a suspicious package.

Meanwhile, an AP source has said a suspicious package was found at a New York post office addressed to former intelligence director James Clapper. Former Director Of National Intelligence clapper says ‘not a surprise’ to be mailed suspicious package, calls it domestic terrorism. 

Trump has tweeted to the news as well.

Earlier in the day actor Robert De Niro said in a statement released by his publicist: “There’s something more powerful than bombs, and that’s your vote. People must vote!”

A suspicious package containing what authorities described as a crude pipe bomb was discovered at De Niro’s New York City office on Thursday.

De Niro says he is thankful no one was hurt. He also thanked “the brave and resourceful security and law enforcement people for protecting us”.

 

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