Despite the arrest of Caesar Sayoc, the 56-year-old alleged Trump supporter suspected of being behind the “mail bombs” sent to a dozen top Democrats around the nation, President Trump isn’t backing down.
In fact, 45 says he feels his rhetoric has “been toned down, if you want to know the truth.”
Trump then claimed: “I could really tone it up, because the media has been extremely unfair to me & the Republican Party…the media has been unbelievably unfair to Republicans & certainly to me.”
WATCH Trump talk to the press before hopping on a flight for a rally in Raleigh, North Carolina:
TRUMP downplays his violent rhetoric: "Well, I think I've been toned down, if you want to know the truth. I could really tone it up, because the media has been extremely unfair to me & the Republican Party…the media has been unbelievably unfair to Republicans & certainly to me" pic.twitter.com/7ORzt8bCzU
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 26, 2018
Tone it up? Out of all the possible comments from the President today, I honestly didn't see that one coming.
— Page Pate (@pagepate) October 26, 2018
Attorney General Jeff Sessions says Caesar Sayoc could potentially be charged with five federal crimes and serve up to 58 years in prison – which was later corrected to 48 years.
BREAKING: U.S. Attorney-General Jeff Sessions say suspicious packages suspect, Cesar Sayoc, faces five federal crime charges, faces up to 58 years in prison.
"Regardless of their political beliefs, that we will bring the full force of law."
— Lucas Meyer (@meyer_lucas) October 26, 2018
A fingerprint on the envelope containing one of the mail bombs sent to prominent Democrats nationwide, as well as DNA on two other packages, allowed officials to close in on a suspect, 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc, who was arrested Friday morning.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a 2:30 p.m. press conference from Washington, D.C., that Sayoc, from Aventura, Florida, faces five federal charges and up to 48 years in prison. He confirmed the five charges are: interstate transportation of an explosive, illegal mailing of explosives, threats against former presidents and certain other persons, threatening interstate communications and assaulting federal officers. Even though Sayoc was detained in Florida, he will be prosecuted in New York City.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions: "Let this be a lesson to anyone, regardless of their political beliefs, that we will bring the full force of law against anyone who attempts to use threats, intimidation and outright violence to further an agenda." https://t.co/GOIF06znJE pic.twitter.com/xzoivi9vX0
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 26, 2018
FBI Director Christopher Wray weighed-in:
“These are not hoax devices,” says FBI Director Christopher Wray.
Here’s what was inside the 13 suspicious packages sent to various Trump critics around the country pic.twitter.com/aV3Fc3nXcE
— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) October 26, 2018
More on Sayoc, per CBS News:
Several law enforcement sources told CBS News that Sayoc was born in 1962. Records show that his full name is Cesar Altieri Sayoc and that he appears to have a criminal history in Broward County, Florida.
A fingerprint was uncovered from a package bomb sent to Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters, Wray said. The print was then connected to Sayoc.
Wray also said there was a possible DNA connection relating to one of Sayoc’s past arrests. A law enforcement source had said that DNA evidence on one of the devices played a part in leading investigators to the suspect, CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton reported.
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