Bomb Jitters Continue With False Alarm at Feinstein’s Office

Suspicious mail cleared in California, while president abandons calls for unity with 3 a.m. tweet

A suspicious package delivered to a building with an office for Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., was cleared by California authorities. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
A suspicious package delivered to a building with an office for Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., was cleared by California authorities. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Posted October 26, 2018 at 8:32am

A package delivered to a building in Los Angeles that houses one of California Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s state offices was determined safe to open by investigators Thursday night.

A mailroom employee for the California Democrat called the police after discovering that the sender of a manila envelope package misspelled “Monica” in “Santa Monica Boulevard” in the address box, CBS-Los Angeles reported.

Authorities conducted an X-ray on the package and found it contained a CD.

They said the employee who discovered the package made the right call phoning it in.

The package sent to Feinstein’s office was not similar to any of the 10 packages being investigated by the FBI that were sent to Democratic critics of President Donald Trump and which appeared to contain faulty explosive devices.

Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, former attorney general Eric Holder, billionaire Democratic donor George Soros, and California Rep. Maxine Waters were among the people whose offices and residences were targeted.

News organizations have also been on high alert after one of the packages was addressed to former CIA director John Brennan at CNN’s New York offices.

Employees for the San Diego Union Tribune evacuated their building this week after a package addressed to Sen. Kamala Harris, with whom the Tribune shares office space, was discovered and reported to authorities.

After initially calling on the nation to “unify” this week, the president ditched that rhetoric to step up his criticism of the media for, from his perspective, fanning the flames of division.

In an early-morning tweet Friday, Trump — while taking a dig at CNN’s ratings — decried the media for being, in his view, a one-way street for criticism.

“Funny how lowly rated CNN, and others, can criticize me at will, even blaming me for the current spate of Bombs and ridiculously comparing this to September 11th and the Oklahoma City bombing,” the president wrote.

“Yet when I criticize them they go wild and scream, ‘it’s just not Presidential!’” he wrote.

On Thursday, Trump blamed the “anger we see in our society today” on “purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News.”

He did not point to any evidence that would implicate a mainstream journalist for intentionally fabricating stories. The White House has never offered such examples.

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