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 ClintonRoger Stone challenges Dems to produce WikiLeaks evidence Steve King asks Google CEO for names of employees to see if they're liberals O'Rourke edges out Biden in MoveOn straw poll MORE.

"An attack on an American who happens to be a Democrat, Republican or Independent is an attack on America," Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioPolitifact names conspiracies about Parkland students as 2018's 'lie of the year' Republicans skeptical of Trump’s plan to have military build the wall Alex Jones heckles Google CEO heading into House hearing 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 BrennanMueller's findings don't matter Brennan shreds Trump: ‘I am relieved that you will never have the opportunity to run for public office again’ CNN given all-clear after bomb threat evacuation 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 HolderTrump on sharing photo of Rosenstein behind bars: 'He should have never picked a special counsel' If the GOP wants to win, it needs to champion the middle class Trump retweets Pence parody account attacking Clinton MORE, but was discovered after it was sent to Rep. Debbie Wasserman SchultzDeborah (Debbie) Wasserman SchultzLawmakers call for investigation into Labor Secretary Acosta for sex offender plea deal Corsi says he will file 'criminal charges' against Mueller Incoming congresswoman questions whether she is allowed to still sell Girl Scout cookies 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 PaulLimited Senate access to CIA intelligence is not conspiracy Dems have new moniker for Trump: ‘Unindicted co-conspirator' Rand Paul downplays potential Trump campaign finance violations: 'We’ve over-criminalized campaign finance' 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 CruzDems attracted to O'Rourke because he demonstrates civility, says political analyst Gillum to speak at gathering of top Dem donors: report O'Rourke edges out Biden in MoveOn straw poll 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 CrapoBanking panel showcases 2020 Dems On The Money: Why the tax law failed to save the GOP majority | Grassley opts for Finance gavel, setting Graham up for Judiciary | Trump says China eager for trade deal | Facebook reeling after damning NYT report Senate GOP readies for leadership reshuffle 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 ThuneOn The Money: Trump, Dems battle over border wall before cameras | Clash ups odds of shutdown | Senators stunned by Trump's shutdown threat | Pelosi calls wall 'a manhood thing' for Trump Senators dumbfounded by Trump vow to shut down government The Hill's Morning Report — Trump shakes up staff with eye on 2020, Mueller probe 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 PortmanThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by T-Mobile — Congress to act soon to avoid shutdown On The Money: Trump touts China actions day after stock slide | China 'confident' on new trade deal | GM chief meets lawmakers to calm anger over cuts | Huawei CFO arrested GM chief meets lawmakers to calm anger over cuts 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 CollinsLobbying World Senators want assurances from attorney general pick on fate of Mueller probe 5 themes to watch for in 2020 fight for House 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 TrumpHouse Republicans move to block Yemen war-powers votes for rest of Congress Trump says he's considering 10 to 12 contenders for chief of staff Michael Flynn asks judge to spare him from jail time 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.