Suspected mail bomber headed to Miami court on Monday

Suspected mail bomber headed to Miami court on Monday

Suspected mail bomber headed to Miami court on Monday

The family lawyer for accused mail bomber Cesar Sayoc said he plans to raise questions about whether Sayoc is mentally sound enough to understand the charges against him at his first court hearing Monday.

As of Friday, authorities had intercepted 14 packages Sayoc sent through the USA mail system, officials said.

Other packages were sent to billionaire philanthropist George Soros, Senator Cory Booker, ex-CIA director John Brennan, former National Intelligence Director James Clapper and anti-Trump activist Tom Steyer.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that Sayoc, who at various times has worked as a night club disc jockey, bouncer and pizza delivery driver, could face up to 48 years in prison if he is convicted. It appears that he had been living in the white Dodge van where he was found and arrested Friday morning, the law enforcement official said. Soros has called Trump's presidency "dangerous".

But Trump's supporters have accused Democrats of unfairly suggesting that the president was to blame for the bomb scares, and Trump himself accused the press of using coverage of the investigation to score political points against him.

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.

A man who operates a property management office near the Florida auto parts store where the mail bomb suspect parked his van said the suspect didn't resist when armed police officers swarmed and arrested him.

In all, Sayoc is believed to have sent at least 14 bombs to 12 targets, all of whom are regularly disparaged by the right.

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"These are not hoax devices", Wray said of the bombs.

FBI Director Christopher A. Wray said that the bureau was still trying to determine if Sayoc's bombs were "functional" but noted that they contained "energetic material" that could be risky.

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

Sayoc targeted individuals who'd been bashed by the president, the packages and his van plastered with pro-Trump, anti-left and anti-media messages all indicating he was politically motivated.

They said investigators searching for more suspicious parcels had not found any during the previous eight hours.

"Political violence must never ever be allowed in America and I will do everything in my power to stop it". One of the 14 explosive packages discovered last week was addressed to Biden.

All were sent through the Postal Service and intercepted before reaching their intended targets without exploding.

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