President Trump blames mail bombs for hurting Republicans in midterm elections

28 October, 2018, 18:22 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Actor Robert De Niro

A law enforcement source tells the Miami Herald the arrest was made at an AutoZone in Plantation at 801 S. State Road 7 instead of his home to avoid any potential unsafe confrontation. He faces a potential total of 48 years in prison.

Police carry off a van believed to belong to a man arrested in Plantation on Friday in connection with the pipe bombs that have been mailed to prominent Democrats around the country.

A law enforcement source said the package addressed to Mr Biden was intercepted at a DE mail facility and was similar to the others. But Delaware authorities have said investigators have responded to post offices in Wilmington and New Castle.

Cesar Sayoc, 56, a registered Republican with a criminal past, born in NY and who lived in a van covered in pro-Trump and anti-liberal stickers, was arrested outside a strip mall in Florida.

Trump is scheduled to speak Friday at the Young Black Leadership Summit at the White House.

"It's absolutely terrorism because it's an effort to use violence to make a political impact", he said.

But the episode sparked an outcry from Trump's critics who said his frequent expressions of inflammatory rhetoric against perceived enemies among Democrats and the press was stoking a climate ripe for politically motivated violence. We can not guarantee that it is suitable for the visually or hearing impaired. "By the way, do you see how nice I'm behaving tonight?" Closeup photos of the van, posted by a Twitter user who said he saw the auto at a stoplight in April, show rifle scope images over the faces of Hilary Clinton, left wing filmmaker Michael Moore and President Barack Obama.

"I heard he was a person that preferred me over others", he told reporters.

Trump did reject the idea that he or his statements might be in some way culpable in the attacks.

Democratic US Rep. Maxine Waters: Two suspicious packages: one intercepted at a congressional mail-screening facility in Maryland and a second one found at a postal facility in Los Angeles.

Much like earlier targets, both Mr Biden has been sharply critical of Trump.

Online court records show that Sayoc in 2002 was arrested and served a year of probation for a felony charge of threatening to throw or place a bomb.

Law enforcement officers discovered several more packages Thursday addressed to actor Robert DeNiro and former Vice President Joe Biden. Details suggest only a broad pattern - that the items were packaged in manila envelopes and addressed to prominent Democrats.

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Investigators began closing in on Sayoc Thursday, as investigators traced the packages' path to South Florida, and recovered evidence inside at least one of the packages pointing to him. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and former director of national intelligence James R. Clapper Jr.

All the individuals targeted by the packages Sayoc is accused of sending have been outspoken critics of Trump and his administration, foils for the president and his right-wing supporters or both. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, speaking in Washington on Friday, pledged that local, state and federal authorities were "working tirelessly to follow every lead" in the case.

"This is definitely domestic terrorism", Clapper told CNN Friday, hitting out at Trump saying he bore "some responsibility" for a decline in civility. "No question about it in my mind".

Investigators are nevertheless treating the devices as "live" explosives, not a hoax, said James O'Neill, police commissioner of New York City, where two of the parcels have surfaced.

The list of bombing targets spread from New York, Delaware and Washington, D.C., to Florida and California.

Meanwhile, a local police bomb squad and canine units joined federal investigators on Thursday to examine a sprawling U.S. mail distribution center at Opa-Locka, northwest of Miami, Miami-Dade County police said.

A law enforcement official said that package was a device addressed to Clapper, a CNN contributor, and was addressed to him at the news network.

That package was originally sent to the office of former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

The package sent to the actor also had the same return address as the others: that of Democratic US Rep.

The Miami-Dade County Police Department confirmed Thursday it was helping federal agents who were at the facility in Opa-locka as part of the ongoing investigation.

Thirteen improved explosive devices were sent to different individuals in the U.S. mail bombing spree, including PVC pipe, a small clock, a battery and wiring, Federal Bureau of Investigation director Christopher Wray announced Friday.

Hundreds of thousands of packages pour into the facility every day - it's the size of five football fields, the Herald reports.

The first in the series of explosive devices was found Monday in a mailbox outside the NY home of billionaire philanthropist George Soros, a major donor to Democratic candidates.

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