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 HarrisOcasio-Cortez's first House floor speech becomes C-SPAN's most-viewed Twitter video Kamala Harris says her New Year's resolution is to 'cook more' Harris to oppose Trump's attorney general nominee 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 TrumpTrump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to build Trump Tower in Moscow during 2016 campaign: report DC train system losing 0k per day during government shutdown Senate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees 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 ClintonDershowitz to The Atlantic: Do not violate Constitution to safeguard it Why Joe Biden (or any moderate) cannot be nominated GOP Rep. Tom Marino resigns from Congress MORE, former President Obama, former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderWilliam Barr's only 'flaw' is that he was nominated by Trump Protecting voices of all voters is critical to free and fair elections Castro to headline forum in New Hampshire after announcing 2020 decision MORE, former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanBrennan calls on Congress to end shutdown before negotiating border security: Not 'subservient' to the president Washington’s reflexive opposition to Trump on Syria Brennan hopes GOP abandons Trump in 2019 over 'malfeasance, corruption' MORE at the CNN offices in New York, Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersOn The Money: Shutdown Day 27 | Trump fires back at Pelosi by canceling her foreign travel | Dems blast 'petty' move | Trump also cancels delegation to Davos | House votes to disapprove of Trump lifting Russia sanction Financial system can forge bipartisanship in Congress Ocasio-Cortez, freshmen poised to take on Wall Street MORE (D-Calif.), former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenLosing the fight against corruption and narco-trafficking in Guatemala Group aiming to draft Beto O’Rourke unveils first 2020 video Why Joe Biden (or any moderate) cannot be nominated MORE, actor Robert De Niro, Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerWe need action on personal cybersecurity Gillibrand and Booker play 'How Well Do You Know Your Co-Worker' game amid 2020 speculation The Hill's Morning Report — Trump’s attorney general pick passes first test MORE (D-N.J.) and former Director of National Intelligence James ClapperJames Robert ClapperClapper: 'Americans should be very concerned' about lack of notes from Trump-Putin meetings Senate Intel leaders ask judge not to jail former aide amid leak investigation Mueller's findings don't matter 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.