Arrest Made in Connection with Mailing of Suspicious Packages

Suspicious package addressed to James Clapper found in Midtown post office Sen. Cory Booker also targeted

No one claimed responsibility for parcel bombs, which were denounced by authorities as terrorism, and came less than two weeks ahead of U.S. congressional elections that could alter the balance of power in Washington. A van in Plantation was towed away to Miramar, Florida, where an Federal Bureau of Investigation field office is located, a law enforcement official said.

"Mr. President, we have your back here in North Carolina", Budd said.

Cesar Sayoc, 56, of Ft.

Trump was briefed on the arrest by chief of staff John Kelly, a White House official said, and the President was planning to make remarks early Friday afternoon.

Sayoc, who was born in NY, was sentenced in August 2002 for threatening to throw a bomb in a conversation with a Florida utility representative, according to Ronald Lowy, a Miami attorney who represented him. His criminal record in the state extends to the early 1990s, starting with his arrest for larceny at the age of 29, according to state records. Other charges of larceny, grand theft and fraud would soon follow across the southern part of the state. Miami-Dade County court records showed Sayoc served a year's probation after a judge signed a discharge certificate in November 2002. He did not graduate, the spokeswoman added. "There are 330 million people in the US, I would have put him in the bottom two to three million of people I would suspect of doing this". He said Sayoc was charged with five crimes, including mailing explosives and threatening a former USA president.

Local television stations showed investigators using a large blue tarp to cover Sayoc's white van, which was plastered with decals and stickers, before removing it on a truck.

Clinton is pictured as angry with her mouth ajar, a crosshair imposed over her face.

It's an incredible job by law enforcement.

"I thank God no-one's been hurt, and I thank the fearless and resourceful security and law enforcement people for protecting us", De Niro said in a statement. "We will find you; we will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law".

The US President called on Americans to "unify" over political differences and to not allow political violence to take root in America.

The common thread among the bomb targets was obvious: officeholders and others who have criticized Trump and have been harshly criticized in return.The package to Clapper was addressed to him at CNN's Midtown Manhattan address.

How did the bomb threat unfold?

The first pipe bomb that was received came Monday in Northern Westchester at the Katonah home of billionaire business magnate and political activist George Soros.

A total of 13 IEDs were sent to a number of prominent Democrats, Wray said, describing each device as consisting of a 6-inch plastic pipe, a small clock, battery, some wiring, and an "energetic material" meant to ignite.

What was inside the packages?

FBI Assistant Director William Sweeney said thorough examinations of all the packages were under way at the FBI laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, near Washington DC.

The string of package bombs had set political figures on edge this week.

CNN quotes investigators as saying they were functional but unstable, meaning they could be set off merely by handling.

The FBI considered the package mailed to Brennan, which was addressed care of CNN, a threat to him rather than the news network.

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