Trump Supporter Accused of Mailing Explosives to Appear in Court Monday

Trump Supporter Accused of Mailing Explosives to Appear in Court Monday

The man suspected of sending explosive devices to Democratic figures across the country will make his first court appearance Monday.

President Donald Trump said Friday he has no plans to call former President Barack Obama or other individuals who were the intended targets of pipe bombs mailed this week. Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton, former VP Joe Biden, former Attorney General Eric Holder, Rep. Maxine Waters, former Central Intelligence Agency director James Brennan (in care of CNN) and billionaire Dem contributor George Soros.

Trump claimed on Friday he was being blamed for the mail bombs addressed to his critics, complaining in a tweet sent before dawn: "Funny how lowly rated CNN, and others, can criticize me at will, even blaming me for the current spate of Bombs and ridiculously comparing this to September 11 and the Oklahoma City bombing, yet when I criticize them they go wild and scream, 'it's just not Presidential!'"

Sayoc will eventually be prosecuted in Manhattan and could be sentenced to a maximum of almost 50 years in prison if convicted.

Besides that, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said, his social media posts that traffic in online conspiracy theories, parody accounts and name-calling include some of the same misspellings as were noticed on the 13 packages he was charged with sending.

Sayoc's alleged actions have heightened tensions during the closing days of a highly contentious campaign ahead of the November 6 mid-term elections in which Democrats are battling to seize control of Congress now held by Trump's Republican Party.

Federal Bureau of Investigation director Christopher Wray said investigators were able to pinpoint Sayoc after finding a fingerprint on an envelope containing a bomb sent to Representative Maxine Waters, and that DNA found on two of the devices was a possible match to a sample previously taken from Sayoc during an earlier arrest in Florida.

Given the serious nature of the charges against Sayoc and his extensive criminal history, he is expected to remain locked up pending trial.

‘I think we’ll probably pass’ on calling Obama, other pipe bomb targets
Attorney General Jeff Sessions was asked about why Sayoc had allegedly only been targeting Democrats at that same news conference. In all, Sayoc is believed to have sent at least 14 bombs to 12 targets, all of whom are regularly disparaged by the right.

Hours before his arrest, Sayoc was playing music sets at a Florida strip club where he had worked for two months.

"Law enforcement will be visiting those people to notify them, the source said".

Sayoc, a registered Republican, has railed on social media against Democrats, Muslims and liberals in Facebook and Twitter posts.

The van's windows were plastered with pro-Trump stickers, the slogan "CNN SUCKS" and images of Democratic leaders with red cross-hairs over their faces, echoing the rancor of one of the most toxic election campaigns in decades.

After Monday's hearing, the case is expected to move to a federal court in NY.

"We must never allow political violence to take root in America", Trump told the Young Black Leadership Summit at the White House. One of the 14 explosive packages discovered last week was addressed to Biden.

Moore spoke on Friday after it emerged that, along with pictures of Trump and Mike Pence, Sayoc's van featured pictures of him, Hillary Clinton and Green Party leader Jill Stein with targets over their heads.

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