Suspected Florida mail bomber had a list of targets ‘in the hundreds’

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Cesar Sayoc, a former male stripper and part-time pizza deliveryman accused of mailing those bombs, was scheduled to make his first appearance before a federal judge on Monday afternoon.

The mail bombs were all sent to people who have been critical of Trump, including former President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Sen.

Authorities say Cezar Sayoc, seen here at a Trump rally, sent at least 14 explosive devices in recent days.

The bubble-wrapped manila envelopes, addressed to Democrats such as Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and intercepted from DE to California, held vital forensic evidence that investigators say they leveraged to arrest Sayoc four days after the investigation started.

Sayoc, a registered Republican with a criminal history, now faces up to 48 years in prison, although further charges are expected to be filed against him for the mail-bombing campaign, which heightened political tensions and put the country on edge.

The packages turned up between Monday and Friday in New York, California and Washington.

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.

A man who allegedly sent over a dozen mail bombs to liberal public figures reportedly had a list of targets "in the hundreds".

Trump's supporters have accused Democrats of unfairly suggesting the president was to blame for the bomb scares.

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.

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 unsafe.

And he was probably unaware that investigators scouring his social media accounts had found the same spelling mistakes on his online posts - "Hilary" Clinton, Debbie Wasserman "Shultz" - as on the mailings he'd soon be charged with sending.

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.

"And they do have a major role to play as far as tone", Trump said.

The paper quoted Trump as saying, "We must never allow political violence to take root in America and I'm committed to doing everything in my power as president to stop it and stop it now". One of the 14 explosive packages discovered last week was addressed to Biden.

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