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FBI confirms additional suspicious packages sent to Biden, Robert DeNiro

FBI confirms additional suspicious packages sent to Biden, Robert DeNiro
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The FBI said Thursday it was investigating several suspicious packages sent to former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenJapan to possibly ease COVID-19 restrictions before Olympics 14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday China supplies millions of vaccine doses to developing nations in Asia MORE and actor Robert De Niro, one day after explosive devices were mailed to former President Obama and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton backs Shontel Brown in Ohio congressional race Hillary Clinton: Casting doubt on 2020 election is 'doing Putin's work' Progressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC MORE, as well as other top Democrats.

Biden was the target of two separate packages, the FBI reported Thursday, while De Niro's office in New York was also targeted with one suspicious parcel. The bureau called the packages "similar in appearance to the others," but declined to immediately explain the contents further.

"The #FBI has confirmed three additional packages, similar in appearance to the others – one in New York addressed to Robert DeNiro, and two in Delaware addressed to former Vice President Joseph Biden," the FBI tweeted Thursday morning, hours after confirming two of the packages had been sent to California congresswoman Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersThe tale of the last bipartisan unicorns Tulsa marks race massacre centennial as US grapples with racial injustice Fauci may have unwittingly made himself a key witness for Trump in 'China Flu' hate-speech case MORE (D).

Packages containing explosives were intercepted by law enforcement and investigated on Wednesday after they arrived at various locations addressed to top Democrats, including one addressed to former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderObama planning first post-2020 fundraiser Democratic group launches seven-figure ad campaign on voting rights bill Biden: 'Simply wrong' for Trump DOJ to seek journalists' phone records MORE.

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The packages reportedly had Rep. Debbie Wasserman SchultzDeborah (Debbie) Wasserman SchultzOmar feuds with Jewish Democrats Shakespeare gets a congressional hearing in this year's 'Will on the Hill' Theatres are a vital educational, creative and economic resource to communities MORE's (D) contact information listed for the return address. Wasserman Schultz said she is "deeply disturbed" that her name was attached.

It wasn't immediately clear why De Niro was among the prominent figures targeted. The Hollywood actor has been prominent critic of President Trump's, making headlines earlier this year when he condemned the president onstage at the Tony Awards. Other targets of the explosives have also criticized the president and been targets of Trump's criticism.

The FBI has assumed control over the investigation, which includes incidents spanning across the country that occurred over a matter of hours.

"This investigation is of the highest priority for the FBI. We have committed the full strength of the FBI’s resources and, together with our partners on our JTTFs, we will continue to work to identify and arrest whoever is responsible for sending these packages," FBI Director Christopher Wray said Wednesday.