GOP lawmakers condemn attempted attacks on Democrats

GOP lawmakers condemn attempted attacks on Democrats
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Republican lawmakers on Wednesday condemned the attempted attacks on prominent Democratic figures that came in the form of packages containing potentially explosive devices.

The Secret Service and other authorities at the federal and local level say suspicious packages were addressed to Democrats such as former President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonImpeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent Former Bush assistant: Mueller report makes Obama look 'just plain bad' Seth Rich's brother calls for those pushing conspiracy to 'take responsibility' MORE.

"An attack on an American who happens to be a Democrat, Republican or Independent is an attack on America," Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioFreedom to Compete Act would benefit many American workers Booker, Harris have missed most Senate votes Dems say attorney general undermined credibility with Trump talking point MORE (R-Fla.) tweeted. "The terrorist behind this will soon find out that while a free people have politics that are conflictive,if you try to kill any of us you will have to face all of us."

The Secret Service said it intercepted two "potential explosive devices" that were mailed to Obama's home in Washington, D.C., and Clinton's house in New York state.


A third package, which authorities say resembled the first two, was mailed to CNN and reportedly addressed to former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanTen post-Mueller questions that could turn the tables on Russia collusion investigators Overnight Defense: House votes to end US support for Yemen war | Vote expected to force Trump's second veto of presidency | More Russian troops may head to Venezuela | First 'Space Force' hearing set for next week After Mueller report, investigate FISA abuse MORE, who served under Obama and has been a critic of the Trump administration.

A fourth suspicious parcel was reportedly addressed to former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderFormer Bush assistant: Mueller report makes Obama look 'just plain bad' Holder: Any 'competent' prosecutor could win obstruction case against Trump Meghan McCain to Sunny Hostin on Assange defense: 'Straight propaganda!' MORE, but was discovered after it was sent to Rep. Debbie Wasserman SchultzDeborah (Debbie) Wasserman SchultzWasserman Schultz: 'We need a President, not a comic book villain' Lawmakers join musical stars to celebrate Grammys on the Hill Dem lawmakers will attempt tour of detention facility they say turned them away MORE (D-Fla.), whose address was used on the return label. Holder served in the Obama administration and Wasserman Schultz was chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.

Other GOP lawmakers condemned the incidents.

"We should all stand united against the use of violent acts like those reported today against political and media figures," Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulBooker, Harris have missed most Senate votes Trump vetoes measure ending US support for Saudi-led war in Yemen Bottom line MORE (R-Ky.) wrote on Twitter. "I condemn any such acts of violence, they have no place in our politics or society at all."

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzMichael Bennet declared cancer-free, paving way for possible 2020 run Booker, Harris have missed most Senate votes O'Rourke sweeps through Virginia looking to energize campaign MORE (R-Texas) also weighed in.

"Violence is never OK. Reports of bombs sent to the homes of Obama, Clinton, and Soros are deeply, deeply disturbing. America is better than this," Cruz tweeted. "Political disagreements are fine, even healthy, but we should always be civil and respect each other’s humanity."

An explosive device was found earlier this week at the home of billionaire philanthropist George Soros, who has funded numerous liberal activist groups.

"I condemn the attempted attacks on former first families Clintons and Obamas, other public officials, and members of the media," tweeted Sen. Mike CrapoMichael (Mike) Dean CrapoGraham says he's 'not interested' in Mueller testifying Senate needs to stand up to Trump's Nixonian view of the Fed Senate bill seeks to bring freedom back to banking MORE (R-Idaho). "People who disagree with one another are not our enemies and cowardly actions such as these must never be tolerated."

Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneTelehealth is calling — will Congress pick up? GOP grows tired of being blindsided by Trump Hillicon Valley: Assange faces US charges after arrest | Trump says WikiLeaks 'not my thing' | Uber officially files to go public | Bezos challenges retail rivals on wages | Kremlin tightens its control over internet MORE (R-S.D.) tweeted: "Threats of violence toward any American are unacceptable. Whoever is responsible must be found and held accountable to the fullest extent of the law."

Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanGOP senator wears shirt honoring Otto Warmbier at Korean DMZ On The Money: Conservatives rally behind Moore for Fed | White House interviewing other candidates | Trump, Dems spar on Tax Day | Budget watchdogs bemoan 'debt denialism' The Hill's Morning Report - Waiting on Mueller: Answers come on Thursday MORE, a GOP senator from Ohio, noted that Republican lawmakers have also been on the receiving end of these attempts at violence.

"Suspicious packages also recently delivered to Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsCollins: Mueller report includes 'an unflattering portrayal' of Trump GOP senator: 'No problem' with Mueller testifying The Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? MORE home & Sen. Ted Cruz campaign," he wrote on Twitter. "These are all acts of violence that have no place in our country. The perpetrators should be brought to justice."

The White House on Wednesday called the perpetrators "cowards" and promised to punish those responsible.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpImpeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent Feds say marijuana ties could prevent immigrants from getting US citizenship Trump approval drops to 2019 low after Mueller report's release: poll MORE echoed Vice President Pence's earlier remarks condemning the actions and said he will make full comments on the events later today.

--Updated at 2:38 p.m.