Wasserman Schultz on explosives: I am ‘deeply disturbed’ my name was used


Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) on Wednesday condemned the five suspicious packages sent this week with her return address, saying she is “deeply disturbed” that her name was attached.

Packages apparently containing explosives were sent on Wednesday to high-level Democratic leaders, including former President Obama and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, with Wasserman Schultz’s office and name as the return address. 

{mosads}One of those packages, addressed to former Attorney General Eric Holder, was returned to Wasserman Schultz’s office because it was sent to the wrong address. Two of her Florida offices were evacuated in response, she confirmed in the statement. 

“We will not be intimidated by this attempted act of violence,” the former Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair said in a statement. “This appalling attack on our democracy must be vigorously prosecuted, and I am deeply disturbed by the way my name was used.” 

A suspicious package addressed to former CIA director John Brennan was also sent to the Time Warner building, where CNN is headquartered. 

The FBI also identified a package sent to Democratic donor George Soros as part of the series. 

Wasserman Schultz was a highly-visible ally of Clinton during the former secretary of State’s run for president. The Florida representative’s contentious relationship with Clinton rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) during the 2016 presidential primaries led to her stepping down as the head of the DNC.

She is widely seen as a divisive figure in the Democratic party. 

“Today, my staff and I will hug each other and our loved ones tightly, and tomorrow get back to work serving the people I was elected to represent,” she wrote in the statement. 

Each of the bombs were intercepted before anyone was injured. 

The FBI is currently investigating who was behind the attempted attacks, which have been widely condemned by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. 

President Trump during remarks on Wednesday condemned the “political violence” and called for national unity. 

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