Avenatti says FBI told him he was targeted by alleged mail bomber
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Attorney Michael Avenatti said Tuesday that the FBI told him he was one of several intended targets of Cesar Sayoc Jr., who allegedly sent a series of mail bombs to prominent critics of President TrumpDonald John TrumpCDC updates website to remove dosage guidance on drug touted by Trump Trump says he'd like economy to reopen 'with a big bang' but acknowledges it may be limited Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill MORE.

"I was informed this afternoon by the FBI that I was targeted by Cesar Sayoc," Avenatti wrote on Twitter. "I applaud the hard working men and women of the FBI for his arrest and their continuing investigation. At some point, Trump will be held accountable for his role in the events of the last few weeks."

The FBI did not respond to a request for comment on Avenatti's tweet. 


Avenatti represents adult-film star Stormy Daniels in her legal battle with Trump and has expressed interest in running for president. He has been a fierce critic of the president, even attacking him over his response to the bomb threats.

Avenatti did not respond to questions from The Hill about whether a suspicious package was addressed to him or whether Sayoc intended to send one, or about what role he believes Trump played in the string of bomb threats.

Authorities arrested Sayoc last Friday in connection with explosive devices addressed to former President Obama, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump shakes up WH communications team The Hill's Campaign Report: Wisconsin votes despite coronavirus pandemic The Intercept's Ryan Grim says Cuomo is winning over critics MORE, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump, Biden set for tight battle in Florida We need to be 'One America,' the polling says — and the politicians should listen Poll shows Biden with 6-point edge on Trump in Florida MORE, George Soros and the New York City offices of CNN, among others.

CBS News reported that Sayoc had a list of more than 100 others in his van when he was arrested. The list included politicians and media figures.

The series of bomb threats last week, coupled with what the Anti-Defamation League called the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in U.S. history on Saturday, has led lawmakers and President Trump to call for unity and urge a cooling of political hostilities.

The president's critics have pointed to his repeated attacks on Democrats and the media as inflammatory and a contributing factor in last week's violence. 

Trump has rejected calls to tone done his rhetoric, and has instead blamed the media for causing "great anger" in the country.