Trump denies his political rhetoric may have inspired mail-bomb spree

An NYPD bomb unit member holds a case containing a suspicious package discovered at a post office

Multiple sources identified the suspect to Fox News as Cesar Sayoc of Aventura, Florida.

Earlier on Friday, authorities said suspicious packages addressed to New Jersey Sen.

Since then, packages have been intercepted that were addressed to Obama, Hillary Clinton, Biden, former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan, actor Robert De Niro, Congresswoman Maxine Waters and former Attorney-General Eric Holder.

Prior to the arrest, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Friday that the Justice Department was dedicating every available resource to the investigation and "I can tell you this: We will find the person or persons responsible".

"We will prosecute them, him, her - whoever it might be - to the fullest extent of the law", said the president.

Just moments before the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested Sayoc Friday morning, Mr. Trump lamented that the bombs were distracting voters from the midterm elections: "Republicans are doing so well in early voting, and at the polls, and now this "Bomb" stuff happens".

According to the Times, Sayoc is a registered Republican with a criminal history that includes theft, drug and fraud charges, as well as an arrest for an alleged threat to use a bomb. Records show he was born in NY and according to an online resume he attended college in North Carolina.

Authorities are seen in Plantation, Florida taking a man into custody in connection to the mailed package bombs.

Even after Sayoc's arrest in Florida on Friday, authorities warned that pipe bombs could still be on their way to their targets.

The white van papered with inflammatory material that was captured by local media outlets during Sayoc's arrest did in fact belong to him. Lowy, who represented Sayoc, said he showed no ability at the time to back up his threat with bomb-making expertise. Records say he threatened to "throw, place, project or discharge" a destructive device. It was found at a New York City postal facility and was similar to the other packages, the official added.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions pauses before speaking about the arrest of Cesar Sayoc 56 of Aventu

Fiori said the arrested man did not resist and "had that look of, 'I'm done, I surrender"'.

All of the packages had the return address of Democratic Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. An affidavit provided by FBI special agent David Brown also confirms basic biographical info about Sayoc, who is now in federal custody in Florida.

US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Florida appeared to be the starting point for at least some of the bomb shipments.

Earlier on Friday, Trump complained on Twitter that he was being blamed for the mail bombs.

One of the packages was recovered at a South Florida office of Rep.

Trump has also done the opposite of what a president should do in this situation, and if anything, has emboldened more people like this with his comments so far.

The van had numerous stickers showing President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, as well as a "CNN SUCKS" sign, according to a screenshot posted on Twitter by a CNN reporter.

Later on Friday, a 12th package was discovered at a mail sorting facility on the Upper West Side of New York City.

The first of the bombs surfaced on Monday at the Westchester County, New York, home of billionaire Democratic donor George Soros.

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