Tom Steyer helps Kevin Huy Nguyen, 18, fill out paperwork to register to vote at Cal State Fullerton. Steyer's advocacy group, NextGen America, is spending $33 million on youth voter outreach this year. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Suspicious package targeting Tom Steyer found in Burlingame

Federal and local authorities were investigating reports of suspicious packages in Burlingame and Sacramento this morning.

Both packages were allegedly addressed to Democrats who have been outspoken about their opposition to U.S. President Donald Trump.

The FBI put out a statement on Twitter at 11:23 a.m. PST on Friday stating that “explosives technicians are on scene” at a U.S. Postal Service location in on Rollins Road in Burlingame. The package was rendered safe around 1 p.m.

The FBI said there was no immediate threat to public safety during the incident.

A spokesman for California billionaire and environmental activist Tom Steyer confirmed that the package was addressed to Steyer and intercepted at a mail facility in Burlingame.

Steyer has been a vocal critic of President Trump and has spearheaded a campaign to impeach him.

The second package was addressed to U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) and discovered at a mail facility located in Sacramento, the Sacramento Bee reported.

Sacramento Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Shaun Hampton told the Sacramento Bee that the sheriff’s department is investigating reports of a suspicious package in South Sacramento that resembles the packages that were reported around the country this week.

The suspicious packages come the same week that a dozen other suspicious packages containing explosives targeting outspoken Trump opponents, were discovered.

Among those who the packages were addressed to were CNN, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former U.S. President Barack Obama, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-New Jersey), and actor Robert De Niro among others.

On Friday, the FBI announced that they have arrested Cesar Sayoc in Florida in connection with their investigation into the suspicious packages.

Steyer released a statement today condemning the attacks.

“We are seeing a systematic attack on our democracy and our rule of law that extends much further than just one isolated terrorist in Florida,” Steyer said. “Whether it’s voter suppression, voter intimidation, attacks on our free press, gerrymandering, or attempted violence — the trust and norms that are the actual basis for our civil society and political system are being eroded. It’s time for the Republican Party to denounce any attacks on the rights and dignity of any American and begin to work on building the broadest and most comprehensive democracy possible for each and every American.”
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