Lab technicians had linked DNA on two pipe bomb packages Sayoc is accused of sending to prominent Democrats to a sample previously collected by Florida state authorities. At the NY briefing, authorities confirmed that at least some of the packages were distributed through the USA mail, and cautioned that there could be additional devices in the postal system.
Sayoc, 56, is charged with five felony counts: interstate transportation and illegal mailing of explosives, threatening a former president, making threatening interstate communications and assaulting federal officers.
Sayoc was arrested Friday for sending improvised explosive devices to 13 high-profile Democrats, including former president Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and billionaire philanthropist George Soros.
(Top L-R) Actor Robert De Niro, U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Democratic Party donor George Soros and former U.S. President Barack Obama, (Bottom L-R) former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters, former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan are pictured in a combination photograph from Reuters file photos.
Sayoc can either agree to be moved to NY voluntarily or he can force federal prosecutors to present enough evidence that he is the person who is wanted on the charges.
Almost all of the other targets who were intended recipients of packages also turn up in derogatory or highly critical tweets, including Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder and Maxine Waters. He could face up to 48 years in prison if convicted.
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Other packages sent to prominent Democrats on Wednesday also listed a return address for Wasserman Schultz's South Florida office. He said investigators were able to trace Sayoc after finding a fingerprint on an envelope containing a bomb sent to Rep.
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The complaint identifies a Twitter account that authorities said he used to rail against Democratic figures, and it notes that both his social media messages and the bomb packages used the same misspelling - "Hilary Clinton" - for Trump's 2016 opponent. Soros has called Trump's presidency "dangerous".
Mere days ago, President Donald Trump was calling for a new "tone and civility" in politics after the arrest of a man accused of mailing pipe bombs to several top Democratic leaders.
After Monday's hearing, the case is expected to move to a federal court in NY.
FBI Director Christopher Wray said that the investigation is ongoing but that the explosives, which didn't detonate, aren't being treated as "hoax" devices.
Investigators believe that Sayoc made the pipe bombs in the van, two law enforcement sources said. The president said the "terrorist actions" should be punished "to the fullest extent of the law", and added that "political violence must never, ever be allowed in America". The package featured a Camden, New Jersey, address, reports NBC News, but may have ended up in Florida because of its return address - the other packages listed Rep.
The packages sent by Sayoc included photographs of his intended targets, each one marked with a red X, according to the criminal complaint.