Federal agents have searched a mail facility near Miami as they race to find who sent 10 pipe bombs to prominent Democrats and critics of Donald Trump, as the president on Friday accused the media of blaming him for the unfolding of what is believed to be domestic terrorism.
The homeland security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, told Fox News: “Some of the packages went through the mail. They originated, some of them, from Florida. I am confident that this person or people will be brought to justice.”
On Thursday, the FBI was also examining devices sent to the former US vice-president Joe Biden and the actor Robert De Niro. Two packages for Biden were intercepted in Delaware, according to the FBI, while another was received at De Niro’s offices in New York. Investigators said they matched those sent to Barack Obama and several other Democrats this week, which contained pipe bombs. One was also sent to the offices of CNN in New York, which caused the building to be evacuated and journalists to broadcast live from the street outside instead.
The new discoveries mean eight high-profile Trump critics have been sent a total of 10 packages. All were intercepted and removed without detonating, and no injuries were reported.
On Friday morning, the president tweeted: “Funny how lowly rated CNN, and others, can criticize me at will, even blaming me for the current spate of Bombs.”