Pipe bombs were sent to prominent Trump critics in the past week, just two weeks away from mid-term elections. Packages containing explosive weapons were sent to Hillary Clinton’s address, and former President Barack Obama’s home. Packages to Clinton were intercepted before arriving at her home address. Others, like Maxine Waters and Eric Holder also were sent questionable packages in this time. The FBI intercepted those as well due to the suspicion they created.
John Brennan, Former CIA director also had a ‘live’ package sent to him which caused CNN to evacuate the news studio in New York. Reportedly, Trump and Brennan have clashed in the past. Former Vice President Biden and actor Robert De Niro were also targets of packages.
Prior to finding these explosives, the FBI was on the trail from George Soros’ home due to an explosive package in his mailbox at his New York home. George Soros is a billionaire who donates to democratic nominees, and has had tension with Trump in the past.
Many spoke out after these packages were found. Clinton said that this country needs officials who will bring people together, instead of separating them on political issues. Contextually, this comes after Trump’s praise over a violent beating of a Guardian journalist. Others have urged that attacks on the media should not be encouraged, especially by politicians.
Democrats are calling the sending and delivery of these pipe bombs an act of terror. It has been a long couple of days for those who were sent the bombs, however, the FBI worked hard to find the suspect who sent these bombs.
Cesar Sayoc, 56, of Florida was arrested and charged with sending not only 13 but the FBI believes Sayoc is connected to a 14th bomb sent to Tom Steyer. It took only 3 days for the FBI to track down Sayoc in Florida. More pointedly, Sayoc is the “van meme” with all the stickers and pictures of “fake news” and other propaganda on the vehicle he owned. This vehicle was found in 2017 according to the Washington Post.
Sayoc was informed in trail of the five federal crimes he’s facing: interstate transportation of an explosive, illegal mailing of explosive, threats against former presidents and other persons, threatening interstate communications and assaulting current and former federal officers. Sayoc’s lawyer states that Sayoc intends to plead not guilty because he contends that the bombs weren’t meant to explode.
Law enforcement told reporters that Sayoc had a list of more than 100 people he intended to send packages. Authorities have been reaching out to those on the list to alert them. Investigators believe the pipe bombs were made in the van.