Pipe-bomb suspect had hit list of targets, official says

Saul Bowman
October 31, 2018

Law enforcement officials aren't sure whether they've discovered the last of the pipe bombs mailed to prominent Democrats and other opponents of President Donald Trump.

A USA official says the man accused of sending pipe bombs to prominent Democrats had a list of elected officials and others who investigators believe were intended targets.

Another suspicious package that was addressed to CNN has been intercepted at a post office facility in Atlanta, the news organization's President Jeff Zucker announced in a Twitter post on Monday. Authorities determined it did not contain any explosive devices or harmful materials.

The official wasn't authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press.

Packages were also addressed to billionaire George Soros (whose Open Society Foundations has supported NPR in the past) and billionaire donor Tom Steyer, who is financially supporting a campaign to impeach Trump.

Zucker said that there was no imminent danger to the CNN Center, which serves as its headquarters.

The official said authorities had recovered soldering equipment, a printer, and stamps similar to those used on the package bombs after arresting Sayoc last week in Florida. Several other identical devices were sent to prominent Democrats, including former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton.

Spokesman Kevin Rowson said via email that the agency had been notified by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service of a suspicious package that arrived at 400 Pryor Street in downtown Atlanta, which is the address of a post office.

Sayoc made his first, largely procedural court appearance on Monday in Miami.

Shackled and wearing a beige jumpsuit, the 56-year-old man began to cry and the three lawyers with him stood shoulder to shoulder to obscure him from reporters and photographers.

Sayoc faced five federal crimes and could serve half a decade in prison.

Daniel Aaronson, Sayoc's attorney, said they were hopeful to learn more information once they could meet with Sayoc in that setting. Dressed in tan jail clothes, he said his name in a raspy voice and nodded that he understood his legal rights. Sayoc was arrested Friday in Florida after investigators said they identified him through fingerprint and DNA evidence.

Police say nothing was found in the filmakers home.

He said all mail is screened off site, so the package would not have come there directly, even if it had not been intercepted at the post office.

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