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As more explosives are found, Trump, Brennan clash over causes

Three more mail bombs were intercepted today: two in Delaware, addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden, and another sent to Robert De Niro’s New York City office. After President Trump blamed the "hateful" media for stoking national tensions, former CIA director John Brennan (himself a bomb target) shot back, criticizing the president's rhetoric as "fuel" for violence. Amna Nawaz reports.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    The questions keep coming tonight in a politically driven mail bomb scare, but answers remain elusive.

    It is widely reported that a number of the suspect packages were mailed from. Meanwhile, new packages have now turned.

    Amna Nawaz begins our coverage.

  • Amna Nawaz:

    The biggest mass assassination attempt in American political history grew even bigger today, as three more mail bombs were found, two intercepted in Delaware, addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden, and a third sent to actor Robert De Niro's office in New York.

    That made 10 bombs found so far, as a national manhunt intensified.

  • Bill de Blasio:

    Until a full investigation takes place, we can't tell you how long this will go exactly. We have to be ready for any eventuality. It might be hours, it might be days, it might be weeks.

  • Amna Nawaz:

    The packages discovered so far were sent to four states and Washington, D.C., and addressed to eight different people, senior Democratic leaders, former President Obama and Vice President Biden, former Secretary of State Clinton and Congresswoman Maxine Waters, past senior officials, former CIA Chief John Brennan, whose package was sent to CNN, and former Attorney General Eric Holder, and prominent supporters of liberal causes, investor George Soros and De Niro.

    Biden and Waters were sent two packages each.

    All those targeted have been critical of President Trump, and all have been insulted or mocked by the president. Over the last two days, as images of the packages were published, a pattern emerged. Most arrived in padded manila envelopes with printed address labels, multiple first-class stamps, and a return address for Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida.

    X-ray images obtained by ABC News reveal a crudely constructed pipe bomb, made of PVC tubing, a digital clock, sulfur as the explosive, and glass shards as shrapnel. It's unclear if the bombs were actually intended to detonate, and why none did.

    New York City's police commissioner was asked if these could've been a hoax.

  • James O’Neill:

    The NYPD and FBI taking, we're taking this seriously. We are treating them as live devices. As you see the way our bump squad detectives went into CNN yesterday, this has to be taken with the utmost seriousness.

    So, as far as a hoax device, we're not treating it that way.

  • Amna Nawaz:

    One distinguishing feature of the bomb sent to John Brennan, this sticker, a far-right meme parodying the ISIS flag, with a comedian's catchphrase, git 'er done.

    The attempted bombings have been met with bipartisan condemnation, including from the president. At a Wisconsin political rally last night, he noted his own measured tone.

  • President Donald Trump:

    And, by the way, do you see how nice I'm behaving tonight? This is like — have you ever seen this?

  • Amna Nawaz:

    But by this morning, he blamed the media for division and anger in the U.S., calling it — quote — "so bad and hateful."

    Brennan has charged it's the president who has stoked divisions.

  • John Brennan:

    His rhetoric too frequently, I think, fuels these feelings and sentiments that now are bleeding over into potentially acts of violence.

  • Amna Nawaz:

    Today, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders pushed back.

  •  Sarah Sanders:

    The president is certainly not responsible for sending suspicious packages to someone, no more than Bernie Sanders was responsible for a supporter of his shooting up a Republican baseball field practice last year. The idea that this is at the hands of the president is absolutely ridiculous.

  • Amna Nawaz:

    Without a suspect or motive, nerves remained on edge today. And many thought the worst when a U.S. House office building was evacuated, for what turned out to be a false alarm.

    For the "PBS NewsHour," I'm Amna Nawaz.

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