On Friday morning, the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested Cesar Sayoc, the man they believed was responsible for sending a dozen pipe bombs through the mail to several Democrat figures, including former presidents, various lawmakers, and some other individuals.
Responding to internet conspiracies, FBI Director Christopher Wray said the bombs were real, the threat was real, and that people need to remain vigilant this holiday season.
Check it out, per Fox News:
Wray’s comments came during a news conference announcing the arrest of mail bombing suspect Cesar Sayoc Jr. and addressed internet conspiracy theories that the devices were a “false flag,” or a staged attack designed to help the targeted figures, the Washington Post reported.
He called the more than a dozen bombs intercepted so far “IEDs,” or improvised explosive devices.
“Though we’re still analyzing the devices in our laboratory, these are not hoax devices,” Wray said.
Wray commended the FBI for acting quickly to arrest the man they believe is responsible.
The Hill reports the FBI charged the man with: “interstate transportation of an explosive, illegal mailing of explosives, threats against former presidents and certain other persons, threatening interstate communication and assaulting federal officers. If convicted, Sayoc would face up to 48 years in prison.”
While the FBI was able to track Sayoc down within 91 hours of receiving the first bomb scare, Wray noted the investigation was not yet complete.
“We do believe we have caught the right guy,” Wray said, per Fox News. “We need all hands on deck, we need to stay vigilant.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions similarly commented that the Trump administration would prosecute to the fullest extent of the law any person who commits such violent actions.
“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,” Sessions said. “We will find you. We will prosecute you.”
The FBI caught a break in the investigation when, as the Wall Street Journal reports, they were able to lift a single fingerprint off of the package which was sent to Democrat Congresswoman Maxine Waters.
“That clue led investigators on Friday to a white van parked outside an AutoZone shop in Plantation, Florida. The van was plastered with images of Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. It also had pictures of liberal figures in crosshairs,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
Even with the arrest, law enforcement and Trump administration officials said there could be more devices in the mail which have yet to reach their intended destinations. Each of the twelve previous packages is in the custody of the FBI.
President Trump briefly addressed the bomb scares during his speech at the Young Black Leadership Summit at the White House.
“These terrorizing acts are depreciable and have no place in our country,” Trump said, per Fox News. “But the bottom line is Americans must unify and we must show the world that we are united together in peace and love and harmony as fellow American citizens.”
He also called Friday a “special day” because of the arrest.