National Security & Defense

Suspicious Packages Sent to Robert De Niro, Joe Biden

Robert De Niro (Carlo Allegri/Reuters) (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

Updated 10:16am

Police are investigating suspicious packages sent to actor Robert De Niro and former vice president Joe Biden, the latest in a wave of suspicious mail items sent to high-profile critics of President Trump.

The package addressed to De Niro was discovered on the seventh floor of 375 Greenwich St., the Manhattan building containing De Niro’s Tribeca Productions film and television company and his restaurant, the Tribeca Grill.

An employee in the building alerted law enforcement to the package around 4am. The building was empty at the time.

The package, which was sent to a secure facility in the Bronx, matched the package sent to Biden in New Castle, Delaware as well as at least seven others intercepted yesterday, which contained explosive devices similar to pipe bombs.

“Extremely disturbing and frightening. It seems that all the people that were targeted have one thing in common and that is their political beliefs. That is the only thing I can conclude at this point,” said De Niro spokesperson Stan Rosenfield.

Explosive devices were also sent to Hillary and Bill Clinton’s and George Soros’s homes, both in Westchester County, New York. Others were intercepted addressed to former president Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., Representative Maxine Waters at a congressional mail-screening facility in Capitol Heights, Maryland.

Neither the Clintons nor Soros was home at the time, and no one was hurt in any of the instances.

CNN’s New York office was evacuated Wednesday and a bomb squad was sent to investigate after the news network received a suspicious package addressed to former CIA director John Brennan.

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.

Schultz’s office was evacuated as the threat was investigated.

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