Bomb Sent to Sen. Cory Booker’s NJ Office

Authorities have arrested one person in connection with the suspicious mailings.

Senator Cory Booker speaks at the "Linking Together: March to Save Our Care" Rally at the U.S. Capitol on June 28, 2017.
Senator Cory Booker speaks at the "Linking Together: March to Save Our Care" Rally at the U.S. Capitol on June 28, 2017.
Photo courtesy of Flickr/Mobilus In Mobili

An explosive “pipe-bomb” style device was sent to the Camden office of Senator Cory Booker. Booker, a vocal critic of Trump and a potential 2020 candidate, is the latest prominent Democrat to be sent a suspicious package this week. Additionally, a package addressed to former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was discovered this morning. Booker and Clapper are the 11th and 12th people to receive mail bombs this week. Targets have also included former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Joe Biden, CNN, Representative Maxine Waters and actor Robert DeNiro.

The package addressed to Booker was intercepted at a South Florida U.S. Postal Service center mail sorting facility in Opa-Locka. According to the Associated Press, law officials said the devices contained timers and batteries but were not meant to explode upon opening. Officials say it was unclear if the devices were poorly designed or not intended to cause physical harm.

Authorities have taken one person into custody in connection with the mailings, and the Justice Department will hold a news conference at 2:30 p.m.

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