Mail bomb suspect: active Trump supporter with criminal record

Mail bomb suspect: active Trump supporter with criminal record

Mail bomb suspect: active Trump supporter with criminal record

Those who saw him in the neighbourhood, unmistakable in a white van plastered with Trump's image and political stickers, described him as unsettling and troubled.

As explosive devices were sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation forensics lab in Quantico, investigators there detected DNA and a fingerprint found on the device intended for Waters and, working with local law enforcement, matched it late Thursday night to a sample of Sayoc's DNA that had been previously collected, Wray said. Authorities told the Associated Press the devices were not rigged to explode when the packages were opened, but they said they were not sure if that is because the devices were poorly made or were not meant to harm.

"These terrorizing acts are depreciable and have no place in our country", he said during a Young Black Leadership Summit at the White House. "Everyone will benefit if we can end the politics of personal destruction", he said.

In this undated photo released by the Broward County Sheriff's office, Cesar Sayoc is seen in a booking photo, in Miami.

Wray's comments came during a news conference announcing the arrest of mail bombing suspect Cesar Sayoc Jr. and addressed internet conspiracy theories that the devices were a "false flag", or a staged attack created to help the targeted figures, the Washington Post reported.

"We will prosecute them, him, her, whoever it may be to the fullest extent of the law". Sayoc is now in custody, though investigators are still searching for a motive and for any additional packages.

Wray told reporters that investigators linked the pipe bombs to Sayoc by finding a fingerprint and matching the suspect's DNA on the envelope sent to Waters.

Most of the posts on Sayoc's Twitter feeds were retweets of right-wing memes attacking Democrats and dark conspiracy theories.

Wray declined to say whether the pipe-bomb devices could have detonated, noting that investigators are "still trying to determine whether or not they were functional".

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None of the bombs exploded, but Wray said "these are not hoax devices".

A Florida man with a long criminal history was charged Friday in the nationwide mail-bomb scare targeting prominent Democrats who have traded criticism with President Donald Trump.

Waters and Biden were each sent two packages.

According to CNN, Mr Sayoc told police the bombs would have done no injury and he didn't want to hurt anyone. On both the packages and the social media posts, her name was spelt "Shultz", according to the complaint.

According to reports, the arrest came on the same day law enforcement found three more devices in Florida, New York and California.

Sayoc was convicted in 2014 for grand theft and misdemeanor theft of less than $300, and in 2013 for battery. Records show that Sayoc pleaded guilty and was sentenced to one year of probation.

"We must never allow political violence to take root in America - can not let it happen, and I'm committed to doing everything in my power as president to stop it, and to stop it now, to stop it now", Trump said. "I don't know, I heard he was a person who preferred me over others". Kamala Harris (D., Calif.), former Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, and Democratic donor Tom Steyer. And the president's favorite television show, Fox & Friends, ran a segment Friday morning in the hours before his tweet that raised the possibility that the bombs were a ploy to help Democrats.

On Friday, similar packages addressed to U.S. Sen.

A package recovered Friday at a Manhattan postal facility was addressed to Clapper, a CNN contributor.

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