Joe Biden, Robert De Niro among latest Trump critics to receive pipe bomb packages
Former vice president Joe Biden was reportedly sent two suspicious packages and another one was mailed to actor Robert De Niro
Former Vice President Joe Biden and actor Robert De Niro have become the latest personalities who have been sent packages with possible explosives inside them. Till Thursday morning, a total of 10 packages containing suspected pipe bombs have been sent to prominent political figures and critics of President Donald Trump, including former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and even CNN.
The new packages were intercepted before reaching their intended targets and there were at least two explosives sent to Biden, according to The Washington Post.
The explosives have sent a wave of alarm across the country, with the FBI and other authorities launching an intensive investigation to find other explosives which may still be in transit.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D), while talking to MSNBC, on Thursday said: "It’s prudent and diligent to expect more."
Authorities have reportedly increased patrols of high-profile people, organizations and regions which they suspect could be targeted. They have also issued a warning to some of the prominent political figures to be alert, which also include former President Jimmy Carter.
Reports state that the package sent to Biden was found in a Delaware mail facility and was not directly delivered to Biden's home. A law enforcement official told The Post that a second package addressed to Biden was also found in Delaware.
The FBI, in a statement, on Thursday declined to confirm where the packages addressed to Biden were found and instead said that the FBI, local and state authorities, along with US Postal Service investigators were "responding this morning to a United States Postal facility in Delaware to conduct law enforcement activity.”
The Post reported that a similar package was also found addressed to De Niro at his production offices in Manhattan. De Niro has been a vocal critic of Trump. Officials have said that all the devices appear to be similar to the one which was initially found at the home of billionaire philanthropist George Soros last week.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions condemned the incidents on Thursday and said that the Justice Department was working with multiple agencies to respond to the situation swiftly.
“Across the administration, we condemn the actions that led to these activities in the strongest possible terms and are determined to make sure that we get to the bottom of it and justice is done,” Sessions said.
The Secret Service is also investigating the explosives sent to the Democratic leaders' houses, which have raised new concerns about domestic terrorists in a country which has been politically polarized.