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Police investigate suspicious packages at offices of Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Posted: 11:30 AM, Oct 24, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-24 18:19:56-04
Police investigate suspicious packages at offices of Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz

SUNRISE, Fla.-- (AP) The Broward Sheriff's Office is using a bomb squad robot in the investigation of a suspicious package at the office of Rep. Deborah Wasserman Schultz, the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.

The investigation is taking place at Wasserman Schultz's office on the Sawgrass Corporate Parkway in Sunrise.

The congresswoman was in Coral Gables, along with Hillary Clinton, at a campaign event for Donna Shalala on Wednesday morning.

Aventura Police investigated a suspicious package that was delivered to its Government Center where Debbie Wasserman Schultz also has an office. Investigators later determined it was safe and not related to other national incidents.

U.S. Rep. Wasserman Schultz issued this statement:

"This morning my office in Sunrise, Florida was evacuated due to a suspicious package. In an abundance of caution, my office in Aventura, Florida was also evacuated. I have been in direct contact with the FBI and other law enforcement officials who are working tirelessly on this investigation, and I am grateful for their efforts to keep us safe. We are asking anyone with useful information to contact the FBI by calling 1-800-CALL-FBI.

We will not be intimidated by this attempted act of violence. This appalling attack on our democracy must be vigorously prosecuted, and I am deeply disturbed by the way my name was used. Today, my staff and I will hug each other and our loved ones tightly, and tomorrow get back to work serving the people I was elected to represent."

Earlier suspicious devices were sent to former President Obama, Hillary Clinton and CNN's New York offices.