GOP lawmakers condemn attempted attacks on Democrats

GOP lawmakers condemn attempted attacks on Democrats
© Greg Nash

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 ClintonHillicon Valley: FBI chief says Russia is trying to interfere in election to undermine Biden | Treasury Dept. sanctions Iranian government-backed hackers The Hill's Campaign Report: Arizona shifts towards Biden | Biden prepares for drive-in town hall | New Biden ad targets Latino voters FBI chief says Russia is trying to interfere in election to undermine Biden MORE.

"An attack on an American who happens to be a Democrat, Republican or Independent is an attack on America," Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioFlorida senators pushing to keep Daylight Savings Time during pandemic Hillicon Valley: DOJ indicts Chinese, Malaysian hackers accused of targeting over 100 organizations | GOP senators raise concerns over Oracle-TikTok deal | QAnon awareness jumps in new poll Intelligence chief says Congress will get some in-person election security briefings 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.

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A third package, which authorities say resembled the first two, was mailed to CNN and reportedly addressed to former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanJournalism or partisanship? The media's mistakes of 2016 continue in 2020 Comey on Clinton tweet: 'I regret only being involved in the 2016 election' Ex-CIA Director Brennan questioned for 8 hours in Durham review of Russia probe 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 HolderThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's rally risk | Biden ramps up legal team | Biden hits Trump over climate policy Biden campaign forming 'special litigation' team ahead of possible voting battle Pompeo, Engel poised for battle in contempt proceedings MORE, but was discovered after it was sent to Rep. Debbie Wasserman SchultzDeborah (Debbie) Wasserman SchultzFlorida Democrat introduces bill to recognize Puerto Rico statehood referendum Five things to watch at the Democratic National Convention Michelle Obama wishes Barack a happy birthday: 'My favorite guy' 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 PaulSecond GOP senator to quarantine after exposure to coronavirus GOP senator to quarantine after coronavirus exposure The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by National Industries for the Blind - Trump seeks to flip 'Rage' narrative; Dems block COVID-19 bill 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 CruzLoeffler calls for hearing in wake of Netflix's 'Cuties' Health care in the crosshairs with new Trump Supreme Court list 'Parks and Rec' cast members hosting special reunion to raise money for Wisconsin Democrats 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 CrapoBottom line Davis: The Hall of Shame for GOP senators who remain silent on Donald Trump Top GOP senator urges agencies to protect renters, banks amid coronavirus aid negotiations 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 ThuneThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Don't expect a government check anytime soon The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Trump contradicts CDC director on vaccine, masks Senate GOP eyes early exit 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 PortmanRomney undecided on authorizing subpoenas for GOP Obama-era probes Congress needs to prioritize government digital service delivery House passes B bill to boost Postal Service 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 CollinsThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden asks if public can trust vaccine from Trump ahead of Election Day | Oklahoma health officials raised red flags before Trump rally Gideon leads Collins by 12 points in Maine Senate race: poll Senate leaders quash talk of rank-and-file COVID-19 deal 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 TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response 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.