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The package was received within the past few days, said police.

U.S. President Donald Trump condemned what he called "despicable acts" and vowed to bring those responsible to justice.

But among Republican Party officials, there was a more neutral line in this early stage of the FBI's investigation into who sent these devices to prominent critics of the president. Officials provided no details on a possible suspect or motive. That statement was sent to reporters before news surfaced of the CNN package, but it was tweeted after the news had broken. One was intercepted at a Los Angeles mail facility. "Your inflammatory rhetoric, insults, lies, & encouragement of physical violence are disgraceful". We declare here that the blame for these acts of terrorism and for the growing fear in the country rests with President Trump himself.

Soros, the target of the first device, has always been a hate figure for right-wing groups and lives in Bedford, New York, not far from the Clintons. Tom Steyer, a major Democratic donor, also said Friday that a suspicious package mailed to him was intercepted in California, but this was not among the 13 listed in the federal complaint.

The bombs seized Wednesday were about six inches long and packed with powder and broken glass, according to a law enforcement official who viewed X-ray images.

The official said the devices were made from PVC pipe and covered with black tape.

Authorities appealed for tips at a Thursday afternoon news conference in NY. De Niro's office is located in the TriBeCa Film Center in lower Manhattan, and also includes an upscale restaurant and private screening room. After seeing news reports he realized it was similar to other packages in the news and called police at about 4 a.m. on Thursday, according to the official.

There has been an alarming appearance of suspicious packages and at least one containing an explosive device. It was addressed to Robert De Niro.

Biden has also criticized Trump, as recently as last week, saying Trump may not "know what he's doing" and coddles dictators.

Trump has frequently labeled stories he doesn't like as "fake news" and many reporters as "enemies of the people".

President Donald Trump has been briefed on the situation and is receiving "constant updates", Sanders said.

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This morning, it was reported that explosive devices were sent to former President Barack Obama and presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Philip Bartlett, inspector in charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service's NY division, said Thursday afternoon that the Postal Service had found nothing since early that morning, leaving the tally at 10 packages.

More were sent to frequent Trump critics Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California and former Attorney General Eric Holder. His ended up at the Sunrise, Florida, office of Rep.

The return address bore the name of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida congresswoman who formerly headed the Democratic National Committee.

New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neill says investigators are reviewing security video to see if they can identify a courier believed to have delivered the pipe bomb package to CNN's office.

"Those engaged in the political arena must stop treating political opponents as being morally defective", he later told a campaign rally in Wisconsin, before switching his criticism back to the media.

"Don't let the terrorists win", he said. "Have you ever seen this?"

But at the same event, he blamed the media and on Twitter Thursday kept up the argument that the media plays a role.

At a campaign rally Wednesday night, Trump started by delivering a statement about the ongoing investigation: "Any acts or threats of political violence are an attack on our democracy itself", Trump said, calling for people on "all sides" to come together in "peace and harmony".

"This egregious conduct is abhorrent to everything we hold dear and sacred as Americans", he added.

"Stop blaming others", he said. Trump's campaign also apologized for an email it sent criticizing CNN less than two hours after that network's NY headquarters was evacuated. These are all people who have received packages, bombs, this week. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Bernie Sanders was for a supporter of his opening fire on the congressional baseball practice previous year. Sciutto and Harlow continued their reporting from the sidewalks of NY.