Live Updates on Clinton, Obama, CNN Potential Explosive Packages: Latest News on Reported Attempted Bombings

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Update: 2:20 p.m. ET— A suspicious package that was intercepted by Capitol Police in Washington, D.C. was intended for Representative Maxine Waters (Democrat - California), reported ABC News's Tara Palmeri on Wednesday, citing unnamed sources.

This, of course, came on the heels of a potentially explosive devices being sent to former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the offices of CNN and liberal billionaire George Soros. A number of others have reported suspicious packages on Wednesday.

Update: 1:14 p.m. ET— New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday that his office in the Manhattan borough of New York City had been sent a suspicious device.

Former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and liberal billionaire George Soros were all sent reportedly similar explosive devices. A number other people and groups across the country have since reported receiving suspicious packages on Wednesday.

Update: 12:59 p.m. ET— The New York Police Department said on Wednesday that an envelope of white powder was also found at the Time Warner building in New York City—where CNN is headquartered—along with the previously reported explosive device.

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio described the incident as an "act of terror."

Former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and liberal billionaire George Soros were also sent packages with explosives. A number of others received suspicious packages on Wednesday.

Update: 12:55 p.m.— A suspicious package reportedly sent to former Attorney General Eric Holder had an incorrect address and was redirected to Democratic Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz in Sunrise, Florida because she was listed as the return address.

Journalists for CNN reported the news on Twitter hours after its own offices were evacuated because of an explosive device.

Update: 12:37 p.m.— President Donald Trump responded on Twitter to a series of explosive devices that had been sent to former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the offices of CNN and others on Wednesday.

Trump wrote, "I agree wholeheartedly" in response to a tweet from Vice President Mike Pence that said the attempted bombings were "cowardly actions" that "have no place in this Country."

Update: 12:15 p.m.— TV station CBS47/KSEE in Fresno, California, was reportedly on lockdown because of a suspicious package on Wednesday amid the news that President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and CNN were all mailed explosive devices.

KERO-TV, in Bakersfield, California, reported on Twitter that the offices for the other station had been locked down and that the local bomb squad was on site.

The offices of The San Diego Union-Tribune were evacuated on Wednesday for a suspicious package as did, according to reports, a Sunrise, Florida, office building where Democratic Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz is located.

On Tuesday, the home of liberal billionaire George Soros was sent an explosive device, which The New York Times reported was similar to those mailed to Obama, Clinton and CNN.

Update: 11:55 a.m.— The offices of The San Diego Union-Tribune have been evacuated on Wednesday amid the news that former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and CNN were all mailed explosive devices that were reportedly similar to one another.

Multiple journalists who work for the paper tweeted that they had been evacuated. Reporter Kate Morrissey‏ tweeted there was a "suspicious package outside the [Union-Tribune] building this morning."

Police confirmed to local station KNSD that the building had been evacuated because of a suspicious device.

Update: 11:40 a.m.— Police activity has continued on Wednesday near the New York offices of CNN, which had been mailed a suspicious package reportedly similar to the explosive devices mailed to former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Earlier Wednesday morning, people in the area near CNN's offices were warned via the emergency alert system to shelter in place. The New York City Police Department's Bomb Disposal Unit was spotted in the area, heading beneath New York City's Time Warner building, where CNN in located.

Update: 11:28 a.m.— On the heels of explosive devices being mailed to former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and CNN, a Sunrise, Florida, office building where Democratic Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz is located has reportedly been evacuated on Wednesday due to a suspicious package.

WFOR-TV in Miami wrote on Twitter that the "Sunrise Police Department confirms an office building has been evacuated due to suspicious package in the mail" and that "it's the same building where the office of U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is located."

Update: 11:22 a.m.— The Secret Service said on Wednesday that reports of a suspicious package being intercepted before it reached the White House were incorrect. The only packages it had intercepted were the ones intended for former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The Secret Service wrote on Twitter: "At this time the Secret Service has intercepted TWO suspicious packages —one in NY and one in D.C. Reports of a third intercepted package addressed to the WH are incorrect."

Update: 11:16 a.m. ET— Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on Wednesday said the attempted bombings of former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were "reprehensible."

Ryan tweeted: "Those behind such reprehensible acts must be brought to justice. We cannot tolerate any attempt to terrorize public figures. I am grateful to the @SecretService, Capitol Police, and all law enforcement who guard against these threats."

There have been conflicting reports about whether a suspicious package was sent to the White House.

Original story:

A series of attempted bombings have dominated headlines on Wednesday. Secret Service confirmed that former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were sent packages with potential explosive devices. The packages did not reach the Democratic leaders.

Then, also on Wednesday morning, the New York offices of CNN were evacuated due to a suspicious package sent to the Time Warner Center, where its offices are located. And just the day prior, on Tuesday, a potentially explosive package was sent to the home of liberal billionaire George Soros—who is often treated as a bogeyman of sorts for right-wing conspiracy theories.

The Secret Service intercepted the packages intended for Obama and Clinton, a spokesman said in a statement to Newsweek on Wednesday.

"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."

The New York Times reported that the potential explosive devices sent to the Obamas, Clintons and CNN were similar to the one sent to Soros. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement Wednesday morning.

"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 read.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Former president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama wave as they exit a stage in Chicago, on October 31, 2017. The Obamas were sent an explosive device in the mail that was intercepted before it could reach them, the United States Secret Service said. Jim Young/AFP/Getty Images