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

Aaron Brown
October 31, 2018

He has footage of the suspected pipe bomber at a Donald Trump rally a year ago. 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.

President Jeff Zucker said in a statement that the package - bearing a similar appearance to those last week - was intercepted at an Atlanta post office near the CNN Center, as The Hill and others reported.

The official said authorities had recovered soldering equipment, a printer, and stamps after arresting Sayoc.

Investigators say Sayoc's van, covered in pro-Trump stickers, was his home and bomb lab. Authorities say none of the devices had a trigger mechanism and Sayoc said he never meant to harm anyone.

In reporting the existence of the list, CNN, NBC and The New York Times cite law enforcement officials who decline to talk on the record due to the ongoing investigations.

For the third time in a week, a suspicious package has been addressed to CNN.

Yet another suspicious package, addressed to CNN's Atlanta office, was intercepted on Monday, three days after Sayoc's arrest. After Sayoc's arrest Friday, authorities warned that more packages might still be circulating through the mail system.

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Sayoc's other targets included former president Barack Obama, former attorney general Eric Holder, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, liberal billionaire George Soros and actor Robert De Niro, authorities said.

At least some listed a return address of U.S. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former chair of the Democratic National Committee.

Suspected mail bomber Cesar Sayoc, appeared briefly in a Miami federal court on Monday, his first court appearance before being extradited to NY. A judge set another hearing for Friday on whether to grant bail to Sayoc and to discuss when he will be sent from Miami to NY, where five federal charges were filed. Sayoc was arrested Friday in Florida after investigators said they identified him through fingerprint and DNA evidence.

"We don't know what they have yet".

A suspicious package was reportedly mailed to CNN's office in Atlanta and intercepted on October 29, the network stated.

Authorities say Sayoc faces more than 50 years in prison if convicted on all charges related to pipe bombs sent to political figures across the country.

Police say nothing was found in the filmakers home.

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