Federal authorities made an arrest on Friday in connection with the nationwide bombing campaign against outspoken critics of President Trump. It was not immediately clear who had been taken into custody, but a man was arrested in Plantation, Fl. Authorities said the number of suspicious packages found has grown to 12.
Federal authorities made an arrest on Friday in connection with the nationwide bombing campaign against outspoken critics of President Trump. It was not immediately clear who had been taken into custody, but a man was arrested in Plantation, Fl., law enforcement officials said, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.
Earlier, the FBI reported intercepting suspicious packages addressed to Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and former National Intelligence Director James Clapper , similar in appearance to pipe bomb devices sent to prominent Democrats .
Investigators scrambled to locate the culprit and motives behind a bizarre plot aimed at critics of President Trump, the Associated Press reports. The discoveries brought to 12 the total number of devices addressed to Democratic figures including former President Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton. The package to Booker was intercepted in Florida. The one discovered at a Manhattan postal facility was addressed to Clapper c/o CNN. An earlier package had been sent to former Obama CIA Director John Brennan in care of CNN.
Investigators were analyzing the crude devices to determine whether they were intended to detonate or simply sow fear just before Election Day. Law enforcement officials said the devices, containing timers and batteries, were not rigged like booby-trapped package bombs that would explode upon opening.
They were uncertain whether the devices were poorly designed or never intended to cause harm. A postal database search suggested at least some may have been mailed from Florida. Investigators are checking a postal facility in Opa-locka, Fl., where they believe some of the packages originated. Details about the devices came as the four-day mail bomb scare spread nationwide, drawing investigators from dozens of federal, state and local agencies.
Trump claimed on Friday he was being blamed for the mail bombs addressed to his critics, complaining in a tweet, “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, yet when I criticize them they go wild and scream, ‘it’s just not Presidential!’ ”