Trump Supporter Arrested in Connection with Mail Bombs Targeting Trump Critics

The FBI arrested Cesar Sayoc, 56, from Aventura Friday morning in connection with 13 pipe bombs. The bombs sent through the mail, were addressed to two former Presidents, former Secretary of State and Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton; as well as other prominent politicians and Trump critics.

Van recorded by FBI in connection with suspect Cesar Sayoc. Covered in political photos celebrating republicans and attacking prominent Trump critics.

Sayoc was arrested outside an AutoZone store in the city of Plantation Florida, according to officials briefed on the matter. Federal agents at the location also removed a van covered in political stickers celebrating Republicans and attacking the president’s political opponents.

Sayoc has an extensive arrest record stretching back decades in Florida,Minnesota, and New Jersey — including a 2002 arrest for having made a bomb threat. According to a Twitter account registered in his name, he works as a booking agent for a live events company and is a former wrestler and cage fighter.

Federal investigators searching for the sender focused Thursday night on a postal sorting facility in Opa-locka, outside Miami, which authorities said the packages may have passed through in route to their eventual destinations. Investigators keyed in on the region after reviewing US Postal Service records and examining forensic evidence on the packages.

Image of suspicious package sent to CNN building in NY

The first of 14 packages was discovered Monday at the home of prominent democratic donor, George Soros. The second and third were addressed to homes of former President Barack Obama, as well as former Secretary of State and President candidate, Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton. Both were intercepted by the Secret Service because they were addressed to the homes of former Presidents.

Over the following days packages were found addressed to the former vice-president Joe Biden, the former attorney general Eric Holder, the former CIA director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Democratic congresswoman Maxine Waters, Senator Corey Booker, Senator Kamala Harris, actor Robert De Niro. A 14th package was discovered Friday afternoon addressed to the home of billionaire and prominent democratic donor Tom Steyer. All are high-profile opponents of Trump.

All of the packages included a return address of Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Shultz, one of which was returned to the address after being returned to sender.

Speaking from the White House Friday afternoon, President Donald Trump said the suspect will be prosecuted “to the fullest extent of the law.”

“These terrorizing acts are despicable and have no place in our country,” the president said. “We must never allow political violence to take root in America.”

The Justice Department and FBI have scheduled a press conference for 2:30 PM EST. This is a developing story and will be updated as additional details are made available.

Vice President Joe Biden Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Barack Obama surprised Vice President Joe Biden Thursday by presenting him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor with distinction, during a White House ceremony that marks one of the final actions of the outgoing president.

“For your faith in your fellow Americans, for your love of country and for your lifetime of service that will endure through the generations, I’d like to ask the military aide to join us on stage,” Obama said in the ceremony. “For my final time as President, I am pleased to award our nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.”
Biden, who appeared extremely emotional during the tribute and was seen tearing up, accepted the award but said he did not deserve it.
“This honor is not only well beyond what I deserve, but it’s a reflection of the extent and generosity of your spirit,” Biden said. “I don’t deserve this but I know it came from the President’s heart.”
Before surprising Biden with the award, Obama gave colorful remarks praising Biden, his wife Dr. Jill Biden and his children and grandchildren.
“This is the kind of family that built this country,” Obama said. “That’s why my family is honored to call ourselves honorary Bidens.”
Obama noted that while their term is almost over the two will be “forever binded as a family,” he added, “If you can’t admire Joe Biden as a person you’ve got a problem,” Obama said quoting a Republican senator. “He’s as good a man as God ever created.”
Biden, who was visibly taken aback by the entire gathering and turned his face from the crowd, said he had no “inkling” it was going to happen. The Vice President said he thought he was coming to toast senior staff with the first lady and his wife Jill Biden.