The FBI's ongoing investigation believes that one or more individuals sent out multiple similar packages to these different locations.
US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday (Oct 24) that threats of political violence have no place in the United States, promising a full investigation into suspicious packages that were mailed to prominent Democrats and others. Kamala Harris, her office said, and one sent to Tom Steyer, a billionaire businessman who has campaigned for months for Trump's impeachment.
De Niro gave an expletive-laced speech at this year's Tony Awards, ripping into the president.
A police bomb squad and canine units joined federal investigators on Thursday examining a USA mail distribution center at Opa-Locka, northwest of Miami, Miami-Dade County police said. The official also stated that the device inside the package was simple but functional and contained projectiles.
Law enforcement officials say the packages are similar manila envelopes with bubble-wrap interior packed with shards of glass, bearing six stamps and computer-printed address labels.
All the parcels listed Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.
One device was addressed to Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, who lives with former President Bill Clinton in Chappaqua, a suburb about 40 miles north of New York City. They brought to at least 10 the number of suspicious packages intercepted by authorities this week. "We ask anyone who may have information to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation".
Neither Clinton nor Obama received the packages sent to them, and neither was at risk because of screening procedures, the Secret Service said. It matches the description of those sent to the other officials.
In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio condemned "an effort to terrorize" saying an "atmosphere of hatred is contributing to the choices people are making".
The actions, which caused panicked building evacuations and reports of additional explosives that later proved unfounded, are bound to add to fears that overheated rhetoric could lead to deadly violence as the parties engage in bitter fights over immigration, the Supreme Court and the treatment of women.
"The media also has a responsibility to set a civil tone, and to stop endless hostility, and constant negative and often times false attacks and stories", the president said.
Even as Trump touted civility at Wednesday night's rally, some of his most influential supporters were suggesting - without evidence - that Democrats were involved in a "false flag" operation created to garner sympathy.
Democratic congressional leaders sounded utterly unmoved by the president's remarks. "America is better than this".
Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who was severely wounded in a 2017 shooting that targeted Republican members of Congress on a suburban baseball field, wrote on Twitter that he had experienced "first-hand the effects of political violence" and said that as a nation "we must agree that this is a unsafe path and it can not become the new normal".
Democratic Senate and House leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi said Mr Trump's words "rang hollow" in light of the President's recent praise of a Republican congressman who body-slammed a reporter.
"It is a troubling time, isn't it?"
Security was tight at the event in Coral Gables where she spoke. Some packages have reached the goal, but none detonated.
Her father also tweeted about it.
Soros, the target of the first device, has always been a hate figure for right-wing groups and lives in Bedford, New York, not far from the Clintons.
Some media outlets reported that a similar device had been addressed to Trump at the White House, until the Secret Service debunked the account.
New York Police Department Commissioner James O'Neil noted at a news conference the device found at the Time Warner Center was "live" and authorities also found a white powder with the package.
It was addressed to John Brennan, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
One of the packages was recovered at a South Florida office of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was listed as the return address.