Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have both been sent ‘suspicious packages’ days after another Democratic heavyweight was sent a device which contained ‘explosive powder’.
A suspicious package were found near the home of ex-President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary in Chappaqua, in upstate New York this morning.
Late last night a device was intercepted in Washington DC addressed to ex-President Barack Obama.
The Clinton device was reportedly found in the mailbox, according to the New York Times, and it was identified during a routine screening.
Federal police are investigating the discoveries alongside the Secret Service.
The Clinton device is reportedly similar to a bomb with explosive powder found at the home of billionaire George Soros, also in New York state, earlier this week.
A statement from the US Secret Service said: “The U.S. Secret Service has intercepted two suspicious packages addressed to Secret Service protectees.
"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 Former President Barack Obama was intercepted by Secret Service personnel in Washington, DC
"The packages were immediately identified during routine mail screening procedures as potential explosive devices and were appropriately handled as such.
"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.”
It’s not clear if the cases involving Soros and the Clintons, both in Westchester County, could be related.
In Soros’ case, an employee noticed the package, put it in a wooded area and called police, who alerted the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Explosives.
Soros, a billionaire who made his fortune in hedge funds, has donated heavily to liberal causes and is vilified on the right and is also the subject of several conspiracy theories, some even promoted by President Donald Trump.
He lives less than 10 miles from the Clinton’s in Westchester County.
Soros’ foundation, The Open Society Foundation, released a statement Tuesday condemning "the politics of hate that dominates our discourse today."
"In this climate of fear, falsehoods, and rising authoritarianism, just voicing your views can draw death threats," the statement continued.
"George Soros deplores violence of any kind, and urges politicians across the political spectrum to tone down their rhetoric. Words have consequences, and we bear a collective responsibility to create a more civil way to discuss our political differences.
"Respect for a diversity of opinions is fundamental to open society and that is the work that George Soros has devoted his life to. Our politics should be more about what we’re for than who we hate."
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