Trump accuses media of trying 'to score political points'

The 12th suspicious package was reportedly found in Manhattan
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27 October, 2018

Identified as Cesar Sayoc, the suspect in mail bomb case has been charged with 5 federal crimes and faces up to 48 years in prison, the Department of Justice said, stressing the defendant is "innocent until proven guilty". The bombs have been sent across the country - from New York, Delaware and Washington, D.C., to Florida and California, where Rep. Maxine Waters was targeted.

Additional details, such as his name, were not immediately released.

The arrest comes just hours after two more suspicious packages were found. One addressed to U.S. Sen.

The number of suspicious packages has climbed to at least 14, with additional suspicious packages addressed to U.S. senator Cory Booker and former USA director of national intelligence James Clapper.

In all, 12 threatening packages have been sent to prominent Democrats this week.

Another suspicious package was intercepted in south Florida, addressed to New Jersey Senator Cory Booker.

The Clapper package, as with one sent on Wednesday to former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan, were marked care of CNN, a television network often critical of the administration and long provoking Trump's ire.

Public records show numerous arrests over the years for domestic violence, theft and other charges, including the alleged bomb threat against a utility company.

"A very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News", Trump said on Twitter.

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"The comments were in stark contrast to Mr Trump's tweet earlier in the day, when he suggested the incidents, which he described as "'Bomb' stuff", were slowing Republican "momentum" in early voting. Clapper said anyone who has criticized Trump should take extra precautions when handling their mail, adding: "This is not going to silence the administration's critics". He reprised the phrase "fake news" that he notably refrained from uttering on Wednesday at his previous rally in Wisconsin just hours after a mail bomb was delivered to CNN's studios in NY.

Similar packages addressed to Clinton and Obama were intercepted on their way to Clinton's NY home, where she lives with former President Bill Clinton, and to Washington, where Obama lives with his wife, Michelle Obama.

The parcels each consisted of a manila envelope with a bubble-wrap interior containing "potentially destructive devices", the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack and Michelle Obama, all of who were the intended recipients of pipe bombs.

Two packages were sent to Waters and Biden.

Several of the packages went through a US postal facility in Opa-locka, which is less than 10 miles from Aventura, where the suspect resides.

The Department of Justice will hold a press conference later Friday afternoon.

One key question authorities are asking is why none of the apparent bombs detonated, a law enforcement source said, raising questions about the skill and motive of the bombmaker.

The FBI called them "potentially destructive devices" - so either the bombmaker was good enough to ensure none would go off and never intended them to explode, or they were poorly constructed.


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