The man arrested Friday morning in southern Florida over his role in the recent string of “terrorizing” mail-bombings targeting prominent Democrats may face up to 58 years in prison of convicted.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions was speaking with reporters Friday afternoon when he weighed-in on the Department of Justice’s handling of the case against 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc.
“[The suspect] has been charged today with five federal crimes, including interstate transportation of an explosive, illegal mailing of explosives, threats against former presidents and certain other persons, threatening interstate communications and assaulting current and former federal officers,” Sessions said. “For these charges the defendant faces up to 58 years in prison. These charges may change or expand as the investigation proceeds.”
BREAKING: Federal Authorities Arrest Florida Suspect in Connection with ‘Suspicious Packages’
Federal authorities have arrested at least one man in connection with a series of “suspicious packages” sent to prominent Democrats and politicians in recent days, according to multiple law enforcement sources and reported by CNN.
BREAKING: Federal authorities have arrested a man in Florida in connection to the suspected explosive packages, according to multiple law enforcement sources.
— CNN’s Mark Morales, Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz, and Brynn Gingras report
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 26, 2018
— The Hill (@thehill) October 26, 2018
We can confirm one person is in custody. We will hold a press conference at the Department of Justice at 2:30pm ET.
— Sarah Isgur (@whignewtons) October 26, 2018
The rudimentary “pipe-bombs” were sent to former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, James Clapper, John Brennan, Eric Holder, Cory Booker, George Soros, Maxine Waters, Robert De Niro, and Joe Biden.
This is a developing story.
DEVELOPING: ‘Suspicious Packages’ Sent to Obamas, Clintons, CNN Evacuated
The Secret Service “intercepted” two “potential explosive devices” sent to former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Wednesday, as another “suspicious package” prompted the evacuation of CNN’s New York offices.
The flurry of dangerous devices comes as local police report an additional package was sent to Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
“ALERT!!! We are working an investigation of a suspicious package near Sawgrass Corporate Parkway. Please stay out of the area of NW 8th St and NW 136th Ave. We will provide further updates when available,” tweeted the Sunrise Police Department.
ALERT!!! We are working an investigation of a suspicious package near Sawgrass Corporate Parkway. Please stay out of the area of NW 8th St and NW 136th Ave. We will provide further updates when available.
— Sunrise Police FL (@SunrisePoliceFL) October 24, 2018
“We condemn the attempted violent attacks recently made against President Obama, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and other public figures. These terrorizing acts are despicable, and anyone responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. The United States Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies are investigating and will take all appropriate actions to protect anyone threatened by these cowards,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
This is a developing story.