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 ClintonFBI’s top lawyer believed Hillary Clinton should face charges, but was talked out of it Harris adds key Clinton aide, women of color to 2020 campaign: report Democrats more likely Trump's foil, than to foil Trump MORE.

"An attack on an American who happens to be a Democrat, Republican or Independent is an attack on America," Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump escalates fight with NY Times The Hill's Morning Report - Can Bernie recapture 2016 magic? Venezuela puts spotlight on Rubio 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 BrennanOvernight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants Trump: I believe Obama would have gone to war with North Korea Intel agencies' threat assessment matters more than tiff with Trump 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 HolderBarack, Michelle Obama expected to refrain from endorsing in 2020 Dem primary: report Ocasio-Cortez to be first guest on new Desus and Mero show Holder says he will make 2020 decision in coming weeks MORE, but was discovered after it was sent to Rep. Debbie Wasserman SchultzDeborah (Debbie) Wasserman SchultzFeminine hygiene products to be available to House lawmakers using congressional funds Dems accused of MeToo hypocrisy in Virginia President should use his address to rally Americans to our nation’s real needs 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 PaulThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump escalates fight with NY Times The 10 GOP senators who may break with Trump on emergency On unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 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 CruzO’Rourke not ruling out being vice presidential candidate CNN ripped for hiring former Republican operative as political editor: 'WTF?!?!' The Hill's Morning Report - Can Bernie recapture 2016 magic? 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 CrapoNew push to open banks to marijuana industry Private insurance plays a critical part in home mortgage ecosystem On The Money: Lawmakers race to pass border deal | Trump rips 'stingy' Democrats, but says shutdown would be 'terrible' | Battle over contractor back pay | Banking panel kicks off data security talks 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 ThunePolls: Hiking estate tax less popular than taxing mega wealth, income Will Trump sign the border deal? Here's what we know Key GOP senator pitches Trump: Funding deal a 'down payment' on wall 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 PortmanTexas senator introduces bill to produce coin honoring Bushes GOP Green New Deal stunt is a great deal for Democrats Steel lobby's PR blitz can't paper over damaging effects of tariffs 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 CollinsTexas GOP rep opposes Trump’s use of national emergency to get border wall GOP Sen. Collins says she'll back resolution to block Trump's emergency declaration Talk grows that Trump will fire Dan Coats 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 TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare 'Empire' star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration 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.