Series of Suspicious Packages Sent to Influential Democrats


Sophie Kirkegaard, Editor in Chief

Authorities uncovered multiple pipe bomb packages yesterday, intended for former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Joe Biden, former attorney general Eric Holder, California Representative Maxine Waters, and to CNN’s New York office, where the package was addressed to ex-C.I.A. director John Brennan. The attacks have been viewed as an act of domestic terror aimed towards influential Democratic leaders, spreading concern for others in office and leaving the nation on edge. According to CNN, the packages were mailed in manila envelopes with a return address to “Debbie Wasserman Schultz,” misspelling Florida Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz’s last name, who also formerly served on the Democratic National Committee (DNC). These attacks come as another form of controversy for Wasserman Schultz, who resigned from the DNC in 2016  after a collection of stolen emails were uncovered, indicating that she and other members of the DNC had favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primaries. However, it is still unclear as to why the bomber would try to implicate Wasserman Schultz, leading many to question its significance. The packages were also found to be similar to the bomb sent to Democratic philanthropist George Soros on Monday, indicating an alarming connection to those discovered Wednesday. Although none of the devices have hurt anyone, as the F.B.I continues its investigation into the series of threats, it has been found that more than one package was capable of detonation, dismissing theories of the bombs as being a hoax.