Fingerprint leads to federal charges against Florida man Cesar Sayoc for bombs sent Obama, Clinton and other Trump critics 

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  • Florida resident Cesar Sayoc Jr. was charged Friday with five federal crimes related to at least 13 mail bombs sent to former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and a number of other leading Democrats and critics of President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said.
  • A latent fingerprint linked to Sayoc was found on a package sent to Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California, according to FBI Director Chris Wray. DNA that is possibly linked to Sayoc was recovered from two different improvised explosive devices, Wray said.
  • The FBI chief warned that other explosive devices still might be in transit now.
  • Sayoc faces up to 58 years in prison if convicted.

Florida resident Cesar Sayoc Jr. was charged Friday with five federal crimes related to at least 13 mail bombs sent to former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and a number of other leading Democrats and their fellow critics of President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said.

A latent fingerprint linked to Sayoc was found on a package sent to Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California, according to FBI Director Chris Wray. 

DNA that could be linked to Sayoc was recovered from two different improvised explosive devices, Wray said.

The FBI chief warned that other explosive devices still might be in transit now. Wray urged people to report any suspicious packages.

Sayoc, a 56-year-old old with a lengthy criminal record, was taken into custody Friday morning.

He was charged with interstate transportation of an explosive, illegal mailing of explosives, threats against former presidents and certain other persons, threatening interstate communications and assaulting current and former federal officers.

Sayoc faces up to 58 years in prison if convicted.

“This is a law-and-order administration,” Sessions told reporters at a briefing. “We will not tolerate such lawlessness, especially not political violence.”

Asked why Sayoc was allegedly targeting leading Democrats, Sessions said, “I don’t know.”

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at a news conference with FBI Director Christopher Wray (L) on the arrest of Cesar Sayoc on federal charges of sending at least a dozen parcel bombs to Democratic politicians and high-profile critics of President Trump, at the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., October 26, 2018. 

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at a news conference with FBI Director Christopher Wray (L) on the arrest of Cesar Sayoc on federal charges of sending at least a dozen parcel bombs to Democratic politicians and high-profile critics of President Trump, at the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., October 26, 2018.

In addition to Waters, who had two bombs addressed to her, the explove devices were were sent in packages addressed to former Obama, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee and former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, ex-Vice President Joe Biden, former Attorney General Eric Holder, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. former CIA Director John Brennan, former national intelligence chief James Clapper, actor Robert De Niro, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and billionaire philanthropist George Soros.

Soros was the first target of the bombs. A package containg an explosive device was found in the mailbox of his Westchester County, New York, home on Monday. The most recently packages were discovered Friday. They had been addressed to Booker, Clapper and Harris.