Cesar Sayoc's connections to the soccer world

A Florida man with a long criminal history was charged Friday in the nationwide mail-bomb scare targeting prominent Democrats who have traded criticism with President Donald Trump.

Another suspicious package was intercepted in south Florida, addressed to New Jersey Senator Cory Booker. Packages that surfaced earlier in the week were addressed to Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, billionaire Democratic Party donor George Soros, Representative Maxine Waters, former Attorney General Eric Holder, former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan, and actor Robert De Niro.

Prior to the arrest, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Friday that the Justice Department was dedicating every available resource to the investigation and "I can tell you this: We will find the person or persons responsible".

USA media said the suspect was taken into custody in Florida, where a huge nationwide manhunt mobilising hundreds of agents, had reportedly concentrated in recent hours.

A native of New York City's Brooklyn borough and a registered Republican, Sayoc's home address was listed in public records as an upscale, gated apartment complex in the seaside town of Aventura, Florida.

Geoffrey Berman, US attorney for Southern District of NY, called Sayoc's conduct "cowardly and reprehensible and totally anathema to our democracy".

After news of Sayoc's arrest broke, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and other law enforcement personnel could be seen draping a blue tarp over a van in a South Florida parking lot before loading it onto a truck and driving it away.

A van linked to Sayoc, which is being combed over by investigators, appeared to have several images of President Trump on it. Authorities have not said whether the van is connected with Sayoc.

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Wray declined to say whether the devices could have detonated, saying that investigators are "still trying to determine whether or not they were functional".

"Because, as you know, the media has been extremely unfair to me and to the Republican Party".

Trump's remarks came just hours after the President tweeted that "this "Bomb" stuff" was distracting from the upcoming midterms.

"These terrorizing acts are despicable and have no place in our country", the president said. The mailings to Brennan and Clapper were addressed to CNN's offices in NY. He also said there could be other packages. Billionaire and Democrat donor Tom Steyer said that a package sent to him had been intercepted at a mail facility in Burlingame, and another addressed to Democrat Senator Kamala Harris was reported in Sacramento. The bombs have been sent across the country - from New York, Delaware and Washington, D.C., to Florida and California, where Rep. Maxine Waters was targeted. He also has been accused in the past of threatening to use a bomb. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack and Michelle Obama, all of who were the intended recipients of pipe bombs.

The van had numerous stickers showing President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, as well as a "CNN SUCKS" sign, according to a screenshot posted on Twitter by a CNN reporter.

In New York City, a security guard alerted the NYPD after spotting a package containing a bomb intended for actor Robert De Niro.

Democrats view the seat as a potential flip for them as they seek to erode some of the GOP dominance in the U.S. House.

The first crude bomb to be discovered was delivered Monday to the suburban NY compound of George Soros, a liberal billionaire and major contributor to Democratic causes.

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