CNN digs up footage of mail bomb suspect at Trump rally in 2017

CNN on Friday uncovered footage from last year appearing to show Cesar Sayoc Jr., the Florida man accused of mailing bombs to a number of Democratic officials and critics of President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichelle Obama says not always easy to live up to "we go high" Georgia certifies elections results in bitterly fought governor's race Trump defends border deployment amid fresh scrutiny MORE, at a Trump rally, holding an anti-CNN poster.

The video from the Feb. 2017 rally in Melbourne, Fla., shows Sayoc behind the press riser while reporters were live.

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CNN's Rene Marsh said that, looking through Sayoc's social media, "it is clear that he had his eyes on his targets before he even mailed those suspicious packages."

"Because you go through, there’s essentially a tweet for almost every person targeted from Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDems wonder if Sherrod Brown could be their magic man Trump set to have close ally Graham in powerful chairmanship Election Countdown: Abrams ends fight in Georgia governor's race | Latest on Florida recount | Booker, Harris head to campaign in Mississippi Senate runoff | Why the tax law failed to save the GOP majority MORE to the Clintons, to the Obamas, to CNN. He has a negative comment about all of those people on his Twitter feed."

Sayoc was charged Friday with five federal crimes for allegedly sending packages containing explosive devices to more than a dozen Democratic political figures and former intelligence officials.

CNN was the recipient of one of those bombs, although the package was addressed to former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanBrennan: 'I miss the days when American Presidents ... were respected for their honesty & integrity' CIA's ‘surveillance state’ is operating against us all Falsehood shames Clapper, Brennan and pledge to protect whistleblowers MORE, who is a contributor at MSNBC.

Earlier Friday, law enforcement officials seized a white van allegedly belonging to Sayoc. The van's windows were covered in pro-Trump political stickers, one with an image of Trump's 2016 opponent and intended package recipient Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDems wonder if Sherrod Brown could be their magic man Pipeline paralysis: The left’s latest fossil fuel obstruction tactic Mueller could turn easy Trump answers into difficult situation MORE with a target over her head and another with the slogan "CNN Sucks.”

Asked why the suspect targeted Democrats during a news conference Friday, Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsFlorida sues CVS, Walgreens over sale of opioids Attorneys want Supreme Court to determine legality of Whitaker as acting AG Hillicon Valley: Russian-linked hackers may have impersonated US officials | Trump signs DHS cyber bill | Prosecutors inadvertently reveal charges against Assange | Accenture workers protest border enforcement work | App mines crypto for bail bonds MORE said that "he appears to be a partisan" but declined to comment further.

FBI Director Christopher Wray said, "It's too early at this stage for us to be discussing motivation in this particular case."