Florida man arrested in political mail bomb case


Federal authorities have arrested a man in Florida, just outside of Miami, in connection to the suspected explosive packages discovered this week. None have detonated, but all have pushed officials onto high alert as they worry about additional devices being delivered.

The devices included very common components, making it more hard to get clues from the signature of the bomb.

Law enforcement officers were seen on television Friday examining a white van, its windows covered with an assortment of stickers, in the city of Plantation, Florida.

Meanwhile, a local police bomb squad and canine units joined federal investigators on Thursday to examine a sprawling USA mail distribution center at Opa-Locka, northwest of Miami, Miami-Dade County police said. "And some people like to relish that", he said. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and the other to former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

Although the homemade pipe bombs have not exploded, authorities say they are treating them as "live devices", not "hoax devices", New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neill said Thursday.

He said authorities don't know if there are other packages still in the postal system or yet to be discovered. The one discovered at a Manhattan postal facility was addressed to Clapper at CNN's address.

A Florida man has been arrested in connection to the string of suspected explosive packages sent to prominent Democrats this week, law enforcement sources tell the Miami Herald and other outlets.

Investigators believe the packages, which were intercepted before reaching their intended recipients, all went through the U.S. Postal Service at some point, that source said.

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A package recovered at a Manhattan postal facility on Friday was addressed to Clapper, a CNN contributor, at the network.

"These terrorizing acts are despicable and have no place in our country", he said.

He added that the packages would "not silence the Trump administration's critics".

President Trump tweeted that he would speak about developments in the investigation at a White House event scheduled to begin shortly.

On Thursday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said three suspected pipe bombs were found - one in actor Robert De Niro's Manhattan office, and two in mail facilities in Delaware addressed to former vice president Joe Biden.

"I thank God no one's been hurt, and I thank the courageous and resourceful security and law enforcement people for protecting us", De Niro told TheWrap.

The first crude bomb to be discovered was delivered on Monday to the suburban NY compound of George Soros, a liberal billionaire and major contributor to Democratic causes. An earlier package had been sent to former Obama CIA Director John Brennan via CNN in NY. His ended up at the Sunrise, Florida, office of Wasserman Schultz, who was listed as the return address. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, as the return address.

With the U.S. bitterly divided and crucial midterm elections on November 6, Trump reacted first by calling for unity and condemning "acts of political violence", before reverting to attacks on the media.

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For President Donald Trump, the pipe bombs sent to prominent Democrats this week appear to only be about spoiling a Republican Party on cruise control.

CNN didn't immediately respond to messages seeking comment before business hours Friday.

The explosives prompted a sprawling, nationwide investigation.

Federal investigators searched a massive mail sorting facility in Florida late Thursday, after determining that at least one of the pipe bombs was processed there.

"No one can say there were fake bombs, they were unsafe", he said.

In a statement released by his publicist, the actor said: "There's something more powerful than bombs, and that's your vote". And the fact that none detonated provides investigators with considerable evidence, he said.

The envelopes and packaging materials likely contained a treasure trove of DNA information.

The chief of police in NY said he is "certain" that the perpetrators would be identified and arrested, but, as his colleague in the FBI, he refused to disclose any information that could be harmful to the investigation.

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Investigators have declined to say whether the devices were built to be functional. "This is something that should be taken seriously". "They originated, some of them, from Florida", she said during an interview with Fox News Channel.