Two packages sent to Biden, one to De Niro match other mailed pipe bombs

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NEW YORK (NBC) — Two suspicious packages addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden and another found sent to Robert De Niro at his office in downtown Manhattan are similar to the pipe bombs sent to political and media figures in the past few days, according to law enforcement officials.

One package addressed to Biden was discovered at a postal facility in New Castle, Delaware, and another was found at a postal facility in Wilmington, Delaware, officials said. They suspected Wednesday that a package addressed to Biden was somewhere within the postal system.

A building worker in New York called authorities around 4 a.m. about the package addressed to De Niro, an official said. The employee called because after seeing news reports about other pipe bombs, he remembered seeing the suspicious package a day or two earlier, the official said.

That package was found at 375 Greenwich Street, the site of the restaurant Tribeca Grill, which De Niro co-owns, and the offices of De Niro’s film and television production company, Tribeca Productions. There was no need to evacuate because the building was empty, police said.

Mail bombing targets:

  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
  • Former President Barack Obama
  • Former CIA Director John Brennan
  • Billionaire George Soros
  • Former Attorney General Eric Holder
  • Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. (Two bombs were addressed to Waters.)
  • Actor Robert De Niro
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden (Two bombs were addressed to Biden.)

The package was removed, the New York Police Department said, warning there would be a heavy police presence in the neighborhood as the morning commute began. Tribeca Enterprises said in a statement Thursday morning that the building was open.

The package was addressed to De Niro, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, a law enforcement official said, noting that the envelope is similar to the ones found Wednesday, including a return address that belonged to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.

Reports of the latest package come after bombs were sent to former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former CIA Director John Brennan, former Attorney General Eric Holder and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. The device sent to Brennan was addressed to the CNN offices in New York City, which led to an hours-long evacuation of the building. A similar device was also found in billionaire investor George Soros’ mailbox Monday.

The FBI has sent those devices to the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, for analysis.

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