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 TrumpDemocrat calls on White House to withdraw ambassador to Belarus nominee TikTok collected data from mobile devices to track Android users: report Peterson wins Minnesota House primary in crucial swing district 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 BidenNAACP seeks to boost Black voter turnout in six states Biden touts Trump saying Harris would be 'fine choice' for VP pick Kamala Harris: The conventional (and predictable) pick all along MORE, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNAACP seeks to boost Black voter turnout in six states California Dems back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden picks Harris as running mate 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.