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Pipe-Bomb Suspect Cesar Sayoc Kept Target List

31 October 2018

If America hoped President Donald Trump would scale back his attacks on his perceived opponents after they started finding in bombs in their mail, we were disappointed.

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.

It was a stark contrast to the man accused of a campaign of fear that continued on Monday as another suspicious package was intercepted Monday in Atlanta, addressed to CNN headquarters.

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.

There is no imminent danger to the CNN Center.

In US District Court on Monday afternoon, Cesar Sayoc, his salt-and-pepper hair pulled back into a ponytail, remained largely silent, only acknowledging Judge Edwin Torres' reading of the charges against him.

Last week, two of the packages believed to be mailed by suspect Cesar Sayoc, 56 (pictured above left), were addressed to CNN.

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It was not immediately clear whether the package was connected to the 14 the Federal Bureau of Investigation has said were mailed recently to prominent Democratic and media figures who have been critical of President Donald Trump.

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

Shackled at the wrists and ankles in a tan jail jumpsuit, Sayoc became weepy at one point, but said little at the hearing.

Outside the court, defense attorney Jamie Benjamin called the charges "flimsy" and accused the government of trying Sayoc in the media, forcing judgment before the case has gone to court.

Associated Press writer Michael Balsamo contributed from Washington.

Spokesman Kevin Rowson said via email that the agency had been notified by the US 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 was arrested Friday outside a South Florida auto parts store after investigators said they identified him through fingerprint and DNA evidence. Aaronson said he did not know what made Sayoc seem emotional but noted he is facing decades in prison if convicted.

Pipe-Bomb Suspect Cesar Sayoc Kept Target List