Bombs targeting Dems raise new fears

Explosive devices were sent Tuesday and Wednesday to former President Obama, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes The Memo: Democrats confront prospect of long primary Manafort sought to hurt Clinton 2016 campaign efforts in key states: NYT MORE and other Democrats, as well as CNN, raising new fears about violence in a politically polarized country just two weeks from midterm elections that could change the power structure in Washington.

The suspicious packages led to the evacuation of the Time Warner building in Manhattan and a full investigation involving the Secret Service as well as federal, state and local authorities.

Packages were also addressed to former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderKrystal Ball: Billionaires panicking over Sanders candidacy Obama celebrates 'great night for our country' after Democrats' victories in Virginia and Kentucky After Obama-era abuses, Republican hysteria over impeachment process is absurd MORE and Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersDivides over China, fossil fuels threaten House deal to reboot Ex-Im Bank Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers unleash on Zuckerberg | House passes third election interference bill | Online extremism legislation advances in House | Google claims quantum computing breakthrough On The Money: Lawmakers hammer Zuckerberg over Facebook controversies | GOP chair expects another funding stopgap | Senate rejects Dem measure on SALT deduction cap workarounds MORE (D-Calif.).

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A suspicious package also led to the evacuation of former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman SchultzDeborah (Debbie) Wasserman SchultzDem rep defends calling Ken Cuccinelli a white supremacist Both sides claim win in White House official's impeachment testimony Ex-Rep. Livingston pressed for Ukraine ambassador's firing, says witness MORE’s congressional office in Florida. Her address had been listed as the return address on the package addressed to Holder.

All of the people targeted by the packages have been frequently criticized by President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes MORE, who condemned the attempted attacks as “abhorrent” during remarks from the White House on Wednesday afternoon.

“We are extremely angry, upset, unhappy about what we witnessed this morning and we will get to the bottom of it,” Trump said.

Both parties have complained that the other has engaged in dangerous rhetoric that threatens to spill over into actual violence.

Republicans as part of their closing arguments for the midterms have warned voters against giving congressional majorities to a liberal “mob” that would be empowered by Democrats, pointing to the recent confirmation fight over Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughChristine Blasey Ford pens honor for Chanel Miller Divided Supreme Court leans toward allowing Trump to end DACA Hirono memoir due in 2021 MORE as an example.

A little more than a year ago, Rep. Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseLive updates on impeachment: Schiff fires warning at GOP over whistleblower Bottom Line Trump allies assail impeachment on process while House Democrats promise open hearings soon MORE (R-La.) was gravely wounded in a shooting at a congressional baseball practice by a man who opposed Trump and ranted about politics in social media posts.

“I have experienced first-hand the effects of political violence, and am committed to using my voice to speak out against it wherever I can,” Scalise said Wednesday.

Democrats blame Trump for lowering the level of discourse in the country. Trump has criticized Waters as having a “low IQ” and repeatedly called for Clinton to be jailed. “Lock her up” remains a popular chant at his rallies.

The first explosive device was discovered by the Secret Service on Tuesday night and had been addressed to Clinton's home in Chappaqua, N.Y. On Wednesday morning, another device sent to Obama’s home in Washington, D.C., was discovered by the Secret Service.

Later on Wednesday, CNN was forced to evacuate its New York studios after a suspected bomb along with an envelope of white powder was found in a package in the company’s mailroom. That package was addressed to former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanThe curious timeline for taking down Trump Brennan: Russian election interference 'changed the mind of at least one voter' Brennan responds to Trump tweet with advice for diplomats, intelligence agents and 'other courageous patriots' MORE, a frequent critic of Trump’s.

Other suspicious packages were sent to Holder and Waters; the latter was discovered at a congressional mail-sorting location in Maryland.

A building in San Diego that houses the offices of The San Diego Union-Tribune and Democratic Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisWarren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Dems put focus on stemming veteran suicides The Memo: Democrats confront prospect of long primary MORE (Calif.) was also evacuated after a suspicious package was reportedly identified outside.

In a statement later Wednesday, the FBI linked the packages sent to the Clintons, Obamas, CNN and Holder to one mailed to the Bedford, N.Y., home of billionaire philanthropist George Soros that was investigated and safely detonated by authorities on Monday.

The bureau said that the packages have been sent to the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Va., for further analysis.

Officials remain on high alert given the possibility more suspicious devices could be found.

Clinton and lawmakers from both parties called for officials to dial back their rhetoric in response to the attempted attacks.

“We’ve got to tone down the rhetoric. Both sides,” Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeLindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Kelly, McSally virtually tied in Arizona Senate race: poll The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Nareit — White House cheers Republicans for storming impeachment hearing MORE (R-Ariz.), who recently revealed that his family had received death threats “from the right,” said. “We’ve got to see people as opponents, not enemies.”

“Don’t encourage violence, don’t encourage hatred, don’t encourage attacks on media,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon. “Unfortunately, this atmosphere of hatred is contributing to the choices people are making to turn to violence.”

Trump said Wednesday that the United States must “unify” in condemnation of the threats.

“In these times, we have to unify. We have to come together and send one strong unmistakable message that acts and threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America,” Trump said. “This egregious conduct is abhorrent to everything we hold dear and sacred as Americans.”

Officials in New York said Wednesday they would continue to investigate the unidentified white powder contained in the envelope sent to CNN.

While details surrounding the attempted attacks remain scarce, de Blasio said Wednesday he believes they are part of a terrorist plot.

“What we saw here today was an effort to terrorize. This clearly is an act of terror, attempting to undermine our free press and leaders of this country through acts of violence,” de Blasio said. “The people of New York City will not be intimidated.”

Federal officials are expected to provide updates on their findings, but its unclear when further details about the devices or any suspects in the cases will be revealed. 

This story was updated at 5:03 p.m.