FBI Director on Mail Bombing Suspect: ‘We’re Concerned About People Committing Acts of Violence Under Any Motivation’

By Melanie Arter | October 26, 2018 | 6:16pm EDT
FBI Director Christopher Wray (Screenshot)

(CNSNews.com) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Friday the arrest of a suspect who allegedly mailed explosives to prominent Democrats and other liberals.

Cesar Sayoc, a 56-year-old Florida man, faces 58 years in jail for allegedly sending at least 12 packages with pipe bombs targeting former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Joe Biden, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), former CIA Director John Brennan, former DNI Director James Clapper, liberal billionaire financier George Soros, and actor Robert DeNiro.

“Over the past week, more than a dozen suspicious packages have been sent through the United States Postal Service to a media outlet, a Hollywood actor, and at least seven high-ranking current and former political leaders in the Democratic Party. This is utterly unacceptance,” Sessions said in a press conference Friday.

“Political violence or the threat of violence is antithetical to our ...system of self-government. It is a threat to that respect for law and process that allows our people to accept legislation, elections, court rulings with which they do not agree,” he said. “This is the central feature of our system of government. You advocate for your beliefs, enthusiastically, but we peaceably and lawfully comply with the results.”



When asked why Sayoc was allegedly targeting Democrats, Sessions said, “I don’t know other than what you might normally expect. He … appears to be a partisan, but that would be determined by the facts as the case goes forward, and I’m not able to comment on that.”

When asked what role political rhetoric plays in the case and whether that’s giving the FBI more work, FBI Director Christopher Wray said, “We’re focused not on the talk but on the work - the work of the men and women of law enforcement here and the work that was done over the last week is something that should make every American proud and grateful, and it’s too early at this stage for us to be discussing motivation in this particular case.”

When asked whether he has considered that “nasty political rhetoric might motivate someone who’s predisposed to violence to act out,” Wray said, “We’re concerned about people committing acts of violence under any motivation.”


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