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The Florida man suspected of carrying out a mail bombing campaign against top Democrats and other prominent figures has been charged with five federal crimes, according to court documents.

The Associated Press, citing law enforcement sources, identified the man as Cesar Alteri Sayoc Jr., 56.

Four more suspicious packages were found on Friday, according to officials and media reports, bringing the total to 14. Since Tuesday, devices have been intercepted addressed to Clinton, Obama, Biden, billionaire George Soros, the actor Robert De Niro, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, former Attorney General Eric Holder and former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan.

"I thank God no one's been hurt, and I thank the courageous and resourceful security and law enforcement people for protecting us", he said.

Sayoc, a registered Republican, was taken into federal custody Friday and has a lengthy criminal history in Florida dating back to 1991, including drug and fraud charges and felony theft.

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

"There's also a possible DNA connection between samples collected from pieces of two different IED's mailed in separate envelopes, and a sample collected from Sayoc in connection with an earlier arrest in Florida".

Just a couple of hours before today's arrest, in an early Friday morning tweet President Trump referred to the terrorist acts as "this bomb stuff" and inferred that the attacks were a false flag created to slow down Republicans' momentum leading into the midterms.

In 2002, he was convicted on a threat to "throw, place, project or discharge any destructive device".

Similar packages addressed to Clinton and Obama were intercepted on their way to Clinton's NY home, where she lives with former President Bill Clinton, and to Washington, where Obama lives with his wife, Michelle Obama.

"I ain't scared", said Waters in an interview with Blavity, a media outlet aimed at Black millennials.

Details suggested a pattern - that the items were packaged in manila envelopes, addressed to prominent Trump critics, carried United States postage stamps and had the same return address for Florida-based Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

"This is definitely domestic terrorism, no doubt about it in my mind", he said.

"There may be other packages in transit now and other packages on the way", Wray said.

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 development came amid a coast-to-coast manhunt for the person responsible for a series of explosive devices addressed to Democrats including former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton.

New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill could not confirm whether all the devices were meant to explode, but he said officials "are treating them as suspected explosive devices". The most recent packages were intercepted on Friday in California, Florida and NY targeting Harris, Booker and former intelligence chief James Clapper, another prominent Trump critic.

What did Mr Trump say about the bombs?

But in a tweet earlier that day, the president also used sarcasm quotes around the word "bomb". Trump responded on Twitter by blaming the media for stoking a hostile political climate, which prompted Brennan to tell Trump to "Stop blaming others" and "Look in the mirror".


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