The Los Angeles Police Department Wednesday was among numerous law enforcement organizations monitoring the investigation into suspicious packages found at various locations on the East Coast, including those involving Bill and Hillary Clinton in New York, and Barack and Michelle Obama in Washington, D.C.
“We are aware of the suspicious packages sent to several locations on the East Coast,” the LAPD said in a statement Wednesday morning.
“Right now, there is no nexus to Los Angeles,” the LAPD said. “However, we are monitoring the situation and communicating with our federal and local law enforcement partners.”
According to the Washington Post, the United States Secret Service said it had intercepted packages containing “potential explosive devices” addressed to former secretary of state Hillary Clinton in New York and former president Barack Obama in Washington, while authorities also rushed to investigate a suspicious package sent to CNN’s headquarters in New York. Suspicious packages also were sent to former CIA chief John Brennan and Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schulz.
The packages were discovered not long after an explosive device was found in a mailbox at the Bedford, N.Y., home of George Soros, the liberal philanthropist who is a frequent target of criticism from far-right groups.
The devices sent to the Clintons and Obamas were found during screening and did not make it to them, officials said. The Secret Service said the package addressed to the Chappaqua, N.Y., home of the Clintons was recovered late Tuesday.
The package sent to the Obamas’ Washington home was intercepted early Wednesday, authorities said.
The devices sent to the Clintons and Obamas are suspected to be the work of the same person who sent a similar device to Soros earlier this week, according to two law enforcement officials who spoke to the Post on the condition of anonymity.
These mail bombs prompted security and law enforcement officials across the country to take a hard look at incoming pieces of mail to look for other, undiscovered bombs.
Authorities urged anyone who receives a suspicious package to contact law enforcement, the official said.
CNN’s headquarters at the Time Warner Center in New York was evacuated Wednesday morning due to a suspicious package found there. Also evacuated for a time was the building housing the San Diego Union-Tribune following the discovery of suspicious items. The evacuation was later lifted.
CNN broadcast footage of its staffers outside on the Manhattan streets below, where anchor Jim Sciutto could be seen on a cellphone reporting that he was told a suspicious package was mailed to the CNN building.
Jeff Zucker, president of CNN, wrote in a letter to employees that the center was “evacuated out of an abundance of caution” after the package was found in the mailroom. He also told employees that CNN had checked on its other bureaus but found no other devices.