A law enforcement official revealed late Wednesday that the pipe bomb and white powder delivered to CNN headquarters in New York City were harmless.
Although the New York Police Department indicated the package that forced the evacuation of CNN’s Manhattan offices Wednesday morning contained a live explosive and white powder, a law enforcement source told the Associated Press that the bomb was not functional and the powder was found to be harmless.
The package to CNN with the supposed explosive, which was addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan, was similar to others that were sent to former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Eric Holder and billionaire activist George Soros.
The information on the CNN scare raised even more questions about the source of the packages and apparent motive.
From fed source: “complete hoaxes” multiple wires when they only needed one. Reports of cell phones being involved was false. So no intention of harm. Now the questions. Dry run, or a false flag from the right or left trying to mess over the other side?
— Adam Housley (@adamhousley) October 24, 2018
Other packages with similar devices were also sent to Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Rep. Maxine Waters of California. The devices featured the words, “get ‘er done,” comedian Larry the Cable Guy’s signature slogan, as well as a parody ISIS flag, according to NBC News.
The manila envelopes sent to CNN’s New York City headquarters also included Wasserman Schultz listed as the fake return address while the one that arrived in the congresswoman’s Florida office was apparently meant to be delivered to Holder.
President Trump condemned the attacks as “despicable” in a statement on Wednesday.
The safety of the American People is my highest priority. I have just concluded a briefing with the FBI, Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Secret Service… pic.twitter.com/nEUBcq4NOh
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2018
Democrats quickly jumped on the president’s call for unity with more rhetoric causing division. In a joint statement on Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi declared that Trump’s “words ring hollow,” demanding the president retract previous statements that purportedly condoned violence.
Thankfully, none of the seven bombs sent were detonated and nobody was hurt. Investigators are reviewing CNN security video, according to the Associated Press, in hopes of identifying who delivered the pipe bomb package to CNN’s office as New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill told the network in an interview that he was “pretty sure those images will be caught on video, and we’ll be able to find out where that person came from before they entered the building and where they went to after.”
Twitter users speculated on the latest findings on the CNN threats and the source behind the attacks.
Well there was the package at CNN. They have camera’s all over the place there. They should be able to determine who handled the package and where they got it from. Both Obama and Clinton packages were found out by screeners, which the locations should have camera’s.
— Erik Bodo (@Bodolicious) October 25, 2018
All of these folks are very, very rich. Two have Secret Service and surely the others either have security or have secured their residences in various ways. If it is a hoax by the Dems, not one working camera or security video will be available.
— Debbie Flanigan (@DebFlanigan) October 25, 2018
No canceled postage so all hand delivered, no videos come on. Hoax to distract from southern invasion.
— Rick Leland (@rleland99) October 25, 2018
I can’t think of one reason Republicans would do this to themselves when they are leading in polls and feeling pretty confident
— SCMom23 (@beytamover) October 25, 2018
Because Republicans didn’t do it….what better way to spur dems on than to falsify claims (much like the Kavanaugh situation)
— BulldogMama (@BulldogMama1) October 25, 2018
Also to stop President’s Trump message that has been resonating across the country of the intimidation mob tactics being used by liberals… its quite convenient how Dems and MSM ran to their mics to condemn his truths as rhetoric compared to all the attacks on GOP for 3 years
— Nicie1 (@Awhatdafudge) October 25, 2018
It’s got to be a dry run to see what would get through and what wouldn’t. Or a ruse to distract from something else all together.
— A. Scott Ross, P.E. (@VTMinEngSR) October 24, 2018
If these “bombs” were never intended to detonate, then what purpose did this stunt serve? Who did it benefit? Seems clear that it helped neutralize Trump’s “jobs not mobs” line as well as provided big distraction from caravan story and Dems slipping poll numbers.
— Itsallgood, man (@recoveringlibrl) October 25, 2018
Each recipient has been the nastiest in word and tone. The polls are saying the base doesn’t like this. How better to get out of the hole they’ve dug than to become possible violence victims? My guess.
— Debbie Flanigan (@DebFlanigan) October 25, 2018
The Dems trying to stop talk about the “caravan”, make themselves victims and make Trump the villain 12 days before the mid-terms. Nothing else makes sense.
— D.J. Slash (@RealDJSlash) October 24, 2018
Well considering they actually have no policy positions that will help Americans, it is all they got.
— D.J. Slash (@RealDJSlash) October 25, 2018