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Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton Sent Potential Explosive Devices That Were Intercepted by Secret Service

Two separate explosive devices were sent to former president Barack Obama and the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. A suspicious package believed to contain a pipe bomb was also sent to CNN's New York offices.

All three devices appeared to be similar, according to the Associated Press, which cited two law enforcement officials. 

The device sent to CNN is being transferred to the NYPD Rodman's Neck Outdoor Shooting Range in the Bronx for disassembly and examination, law enforcement sources told Newsweek

The Secret Service issued a statement saying that reports of a package being sent to the White House were false. 

"The U.S. Secret Service has intercepted two suspicious packages addressed to Secret Service protectees. Late on October 23 the Secret Service recovered a single package addressed to Former First Lady Hillary Clinton in Westchester County, New York. Early this morning, October 24, a second package addressed to Former President Barack Obama was intercepted by Secret Service personnel in Washington, D.C.," the spokesman said.

"The packages were immediately identified during routine mail screening procedures as potential explosive devices and were appropriately handled as such," Secret Service said. "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."

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement shortly before 10:15 a.m.

"We condemn the attempted violent attacks recently made against President Obama, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and other public figures. These terrorizing acts are despicable, and anyone responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law," the statement said. 

Vice President Mike Pence posted similar remarks on Twitter. "We condemn the attempted attacks against fmr Pres Obama, the Clintons, @CNN & others. These cowardly actions are despicable & have no place in this Country. Grateful for swift response of @SecretService, @FBI & local law enforcement. Those responsible will be brought to justice," he wrote. 

Hillary Clinton thanked the Secret Service. "We are fine thanks to the men and women of the Secret Service," she said while speaking at a fundraiser in Florida, ABC News reported. "Every day we are grateful for their commitment, and obviously never more than today, but it is a troubling time isn't it? And its a time of deep divisions, and we have to do everything we can to bring our country together."

Caroline Adler Morales, a spokeswoman for Michelle Obama, told Newsweek that the office of Barack and Michelle Obama was "not commenting at this point." She added, "[We] are just directing folks to the USSS [United States Secret Service]." 

It was not clear where the package addressed to Clinton was sent. A technician who screens mail for the Clintons found the device sent to them, according to The New York Times, which reported that the devices were similar to one found at the New York home of billionaire philanthropist George Soros on Monday. Federal authorities are looking into whether the incidents are linked.

Soros is the subject of frequent right-wing conspiracy theories and anti-Semitic attacks. Claims have alleged that Soros is coordinating the migrant caravan currently walking toward the U.S.-Mexico border and has been responsible for anti-government protests.

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