At least seven suspicious packages containing what the FBI called potentially destructive devices have been sent since Monday to several leading Democratic Party figures and to CNN in New York, triggering a massive investigation.
From Washington to New York to Florida to Los Angeles, the authorities intercepted a wave of crudely built devices that were contained in manila envelopes.
Trump appeared to make a show of behaving civil throughout his remarks to supporters in this town of about 4,000 people in central Wisconsin. He was relatively subdued as he spoke, interrupted himself several times to point out that he was “trying to be nice” and took no responsibility for his own role in contributing to the country’s civic discourse.
Speaking at a rally in Mosinee, Wis., Trump called for civility in politics saying, “The media also has a responsibility to set a civil tone and to stop the endless hostility and constant negative and oftentimes false attacks and stories.” The crowd cheered.
“The safety of the American people is my highest and absolute priority,” he said.
The packages ― all mailed in manila envelopes with bubble wrap interior ― are being sent for analysis at the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, the agency said Wednesday afternoon.
Devices were sent late Tuesday to the Clintons’ home in Chappaqua, New York, roughly 30 miles north of New York City, and early Wednesday to Obama’s office in Washington, D.C., according to the Secret Service.
CNN reported Wednesday evening that investigators were tracking down an additional suspicious package apparently addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden. Citing two unnamed law enforcement officials, CNN’s Jim Sciutto said authorities had considered the package a threat because it appeared similar to the others mailed this week.
It’s still not clear what the connection is among these incidents — though the similarities in the packaging suggest they are related. Here’s what we know so far.