Suspicious packages sent to Harris, Steyer

Suspicious packages sent to Harris, Steyer
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Law enforcement authorities intercepted suspicious packages Friday sent to Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisStrategist says Trump is 'retreating' from talking about foreign policy Bannon says an O'Rourke-Harris ticket poses the greatest threat to Trump in 2020 Trump has lost support from male voters since shutdown, analysis shows MORE (D-Calif.) and Democratic mega-donor Tom Steyer amid concerns about more explosive devices sent through the mail. 

The package sent to Harris was intercepted in Sacramento, and the package sent to Steyer was found in Burlingame, Calif.


“Our office was informed that a suspicious package was addressed to the Senator similar to those that have been sent to other elected officials. Our understanding is a trained postal employee identified the package at a Sacramento mail facility and reported it to the authorities. No one was injured,” a Harris aide said in a statement to The Hill.

In a later statement, Harris spokesperson Lily Adams said the nation's leaders are responsible for taking "seriously the power they hold."

“At this moment, it is incumbent upon leaders across the political spectrum to take seriously the power they hold," Adams wrote. It is the responsibility of our leaders to use their role as public figures to elevate our discourse and bring people together.”

Steyer said in a statement a “suspicious package” was sent to him, but did not connect it with the others that have been sent around the country.

FBI Director Chris Wray said during a press conference Friday afternoon that law enforcement has taken possession of 13 explosive devices, but acknowledged there may be more.

The package sent to Harris was confirmed by FBI field agent Sean Reagan late Friday to be the 13th suspicious package sent through the mail this week. The one sent to Steyer, if indeed connected with the explosive devices, would be the 14th.

Harris and Steyer have both been vocal critics of President TrumpDonald John TrumpCummings says Ivanka Trump not preserving all official communications Property is a fundamental right that is now being threatened 25 states could see severe flooding in coming weeks, scientists say MORE. Harris has ripped the president’s rhetoric and policies and is considered to be a possible presidential opponent to Trump in 2020, while Steyer has funded efforts to impeach him.

Other devices have been sent to Democratic donor George Soros, former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBannon says an O'Rourke-Harris ticket poses the greatest threat to Trump in 2020 Biden-Abrams ticket would be a genius media move Assange lawyer says he's declined to cooperate with Nadler's document requests MORE, former President Obama, former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump steps up attacks on McCain Court-packing becomes new litmus test on left Press: Which way do Dems go in 2020? MORE, former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanEx-CIA director blasts Trump over 'temper tantrums' Ex-CIA director: 'I don't have any doubt' Trump will pardon Manafort Senate Dems request probe of White House security clearances MORE at the CNN offices in New York, Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersDems concerned impeachment will make Trump 'appear like a victim,' says pollster Trump calls Biden 'low I.Q. individual' after verbal slip On The Money: Senate rejects border declaration in rebuke to Trump | Dems press Mnuchin on Trump tax returns | Waters says Wells Fargo should fire its CEO MORE (D-Calif.), former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenTrump has lost support from male voters since shutdown, analysis shows Biden-Abrams ticket would be a genius media move The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump attacks on McCain rattle GOP senators MORE, actor Robert De Niro, Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBannon says an O'Rourke-Harris ticket poses the greatest threat to Trump in 2020 Jared Kushner's brother made last-minute donation to Beto O'Rourke Senate campaign Biden advisers mull launch naming Abrams as running mate: report MORE (D-N.J.) and former Director of National Intelligence James ClapperJames Robert ClapperDem rips Clapper: He 'needs to stop making excuses for lying to the American people' Hillicon Valley: Senators urge Trump to bar Huawei products from electric grid | Ex-security officials condemn Trump emergency declaration | New malicious cyber tool found | Facebook faces questions on treatment of moderators Overnight Defense: White House eyes budget maneuver to boost defense spending | Trump heads to Hanoi for second summit with Kim | Former national security officials rebuke Trump on emergency declaration MORE, all of whom have been critical of and criticized by Trump.

“I think anyone who has in any way publicly been a critic of President Trump needs to be on extra alert and take precautions with respect to mail. At the same time we shouldn’t get too overblown about it, to overwrought about it … at this point. I have a lot of confidence in all the law enforcement elements involved in this,” Clapper said on CNN after the package addressed to him was discovered.

No explosive devices have gone off and no injuries have been reported involving the packages.

The packages have sparked a national conversation over the divisiveness of America’s current political rhetoric and a bipartisan call for both sides to ease tensions. Trump has condemned the suspected explosive devices and issued a call for unity on Wednesday. 

"We have to come together and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America,” Trump said at a White House event.

-- Updated 5:20 p.m.