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Robert De Niro: suspicious package sent to actor’s New York property

Police in New York are investigating a suspicious package addressed to Robert De Niro following a wave of pipe bomb discoveries this week.

CNN and NBC’s New York affiliate reported the package was similar to ones sent to prominent Democrats and was sent to an address in lower Manhattan that houses a restaurant and offices owned by the actor.

Authorities said on Wednesday that pipe bombs had been sent to prominent critics of Donald Trump, spreading terror in the US less than two weeks before the midterm elections.

De Niro received a standing ovation at the Tony awards in New York in June for a speech attacking the president.

Packages containing suspected explosives were sent to the homes of former president Barack Obama and the former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. The bombs were intercepted by the Secret Service.

Investigators also discovered suspect packages addressed to former attorney general Eric Holder and Democratic congresswoman Maxine Waters. Police said a “live explosive device” was found in CNN’s New York City mailroom addressed to former CIA director John Brennan.

This followed the discovery on Monday of a bomb at the New York home of liberal billionaire donor George Soros.

On Wednesday night the packages were being analyzed by the FBI at its lab in Virginia. At least five of the packages, including the one sent to Soros, were in matching envelopes with similar labeling and stamps, according to the FBI.

Donald Trump condemned the attempted bombings on Wednesday and then at a rally later that night, he attacked the media for being negative. The president reiterated the criticism on Twitter Thursday morning.

“A very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News,” Trump tweeted. “It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description. Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!”

Article originally posted by theguardian.

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