Trump dubs Steyer, bomb plot target, a ‘lunatic’

Trump dubs Steyer, bomb plot target, a ‘lunatic’

The family lawyer for accused mail bomber Cesar Sayoc said he plans to raise questions about whether Sayoc is mentally sound enough to understand the charges against him at his first court hearing Monday.

In the end, prosecutors who charged Sayoc with five federal crimes Friday say the fervent President Donald Trump supporter unwittingly left behind a wealth of clues about the mailed pipe-bombs.

Sayoc was arrested at an AutoZone in Aventura, Fla. A package surfaced on Monday near his home in Katonah, New York.

Friday's packages were similar in appearance to pipe bomb devices sent to other prominent Democrats including former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Rep. Maxine Waters of California. He's looking at up to 48 years in prison if found guilty.

Even as Sayoc was taken into custody, investigators continued to chase potential bombs. Wray said the investigation was "active" and cautioned that there could be more bombs still undiscovered.

WASHINGTON (AP) - In the hours before his arrest, as federal authorities zeroed in and secretly accumulated evidence, Cesar Sayoc was in his element: spinning classic and Top 40 hits in a nightclub where he'd found work as a DJ.

The suspect, who has a long criminal history dating back to the 90s which included domestic violence and drug charges, also lived in Charlotte, North Carolina in and was arrested in 1999 for possessing a stolen vehicle in Mecklenburg County.

The van's windows were plastered with pro-Trump stickers, the slogan "CNN SUCKS" and images of Democratic leaders with red cross-hairs over their faces, echoing the rancor of one of the most toxic election campaigns in decades.

In the interview on CNN, Steyer renewed his call for the president to be impeached and slammed Trump's rhetoric. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and anti-Trump agitator Tom Steyer were also found. Oscar victor and outspoken Trump critic Robert De Niro also was targeted.

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. On Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said they had him in custody.

Trump vowed that anyone responsible for mailing the suspicious packages will be prosecuted to the "fullest extent of the law".

An analysis of news coverage shows that the two newspapers emphasized the facts that fit their narrative and insinuated that Trump was to blame.

At a rally on October 27, the president characterized the coverage of the mail bombings as the media's attempt to score "political points" against him and the Republican party ahead of the midterm elections.

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