Suspicious Packages Sent to James Clapper, Cory Booker

A combination photo of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 10, 2017 and Senator Cory Booker on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 28, 2018. (Joshua Roberts, Jim Bourg/REUTERS)

More suspicious packages intended for high-profile critics of President Trump were intercepted Friday morning, bringing the total packages discovered up to twelve this week.

A package addressed to Senator Cory Booker’s New Jersey office was flagged in Florida, the FBI confirmed.

Another addressed to former director of national intelligence James Clapper at CNN’s New York office was stopped by a postal employee before it reached its destination.

The two are the latest targets of a string of packages that contain what look like potentially explosive pipe bombs sent to vocal Trump critics.

Clapper called the bomb threats “definitely domestic terrorism.”

“This is not going to silence the administration’s critics,” Clapper said. “I think anyone who has in any way been a critic, publicly been a critic of President Trump, needs to be on an extra alert and take some precautions, particularly with respect to mail.”

“My wife and I are away from home right now. And our neighbors have been retrieving our mail. Been very concerned about them. So in one sense, it’s kind of a relief, but it’s not a surprise,” he added.

CNN’s Manhattan office was evacuated on Wednesday after a pipe bomb in similar packaging was sent to former CIA director John Brennan via the news network.

Explosive devices were also sent to the homes of Hillary and Bill Clinton and George Soros homes, both in Westchester County, New York. Others were found addressed to former president Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., former vice president Joe Biden in Delaware, actor Robert De Niro in Manhattan, and Representative Maxine Waters at a congressional mail-screening facility in Capitol Heights, Maryland.

One of the packages was addressed to former attorney general Eric Holder but had the wrong address and was sent to the return address featured on all of them, the Florida office of Democratic representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.

The investigation is focusing on a postal facility in Opa-locka, Florida, where law enforcement says some of the packages were processed.

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