Suspicious Packages Sent to Top Democrats
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Secret Service says agents have intercepted packages containing "possible explosive devices" addressed to former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
The agency says neither Clinton nor Obama received the packages, and neither was at risk of receiving them because of screening procedures.
It says the devices were discovered late Tuesday and early Wednesday.
A U.S. official tells The Associated Press that a "functional explosive device" was found during screening at Bill and Hillary Clintons' suburban New York home.
The Secret Service issued this updated statement:
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Secret Service has intercepted two suspicious packages addressed to Secret Service
Late on October 23, 2018, the Secret Service recovered a single package addressed to Former First Lady Hillary
Clinton in Westchester County, New York. Early this morning, October 24, 2018, a second package addressed
to the residence of Former President Barack Obama was intercepted by Secret Service personnel in Washington,
The packages were immediately identified during routine mail screening procedures as potential explosive
devices and were appropriately handled as such. Both packages were intercepted prior to being delivered to
their intended location. The protectees did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them.
The Secret Service has initiated a full scope criminal investigation that will leverage all available federal, state,
and local resources to determine the source of the packages and identify those responsible.
The official says investigators believe the explosive is linked to one found Monday at the compound of liberal billionaire George Soros.
The Secret Service says a second package was addressed to Obama and was intercepted in Washington.