Arrest made in connection with pipe bombs

Federal authorities have arrested a man in Florida in connection with the series of suspected explosive packages mailed to prominent Democrats this week.

At a Justice Department press conference, Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsHouse Democrats seeking Sessions's testimony in impeachment probe McCabe's counsel presses US attorney on whether grand jury decided not to indict US attorney recommends moving forward with charges against McCabe after DOJ rejects his appeal MORE announced five federal charges against Cesar Sayoc Jr., a man is in his 50s with an Aventura, Fla., address. He reportedly has a criminal history and ties to New York. 

Sayoc faces up to 58 years in prison, according to Sessions, who called his alleged actions "unacceptable."

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"Political violence or the threat of violence is antithetical to our vigorous system of self-government," the attorney general said.

The suspect was arrested near Plantation, Fla., in the district represented by Rep. Debbie Wasserman SchultzDeborah (Debbie) Wasserman SchultzDemocrats walk tightrope in fight over Trump wall funds Parkland father: Twitter did not suspend users who harassed me using name of daughter's killer Hillicon Valley: Senate Intel releases election security report | GOP blocks votes on election security bills | Gabbard sues Google over alleged censorship | Barr meets state AGs on tech antitrust concerns MORE (D), whose office was listed as a return address on several of the packages.

FBI agents were seen in media footage from near where the suspect was arrested covering up a white van that appeared to be covered in pro-Trump political stickers and decals. Later footage showed the van in transit to an FBI facility, with agents holding a tarp down around it.

Law enforcement source told CNN that Sayoc Jr. will face prosecution in the Southern District of New York, the jurisdiction where several of the packages were received.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTed Cruz knocks New York Times for 'stunning' correction on Kavanaugh report US service member killed in Afghanistan Pro-Trump website edited British reality star's picture to show him wearing Trump hat MORE cheered the authorities' efforts on Twitter:

In remarks at the White House, made after the arrest the president said "swift and certain justice" awaits those responsible for the explosives.

"We must never allow political violence to take root in America — cannot let it happen — and I am committed to doing everything in my power to stop it and to stop it now," Trump said.

Two more suspicious packages, in addition to the 10 from earlier this week, were found Friday, one addressed to Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerWorking Families Party endorses Warren after backing Sanders in 2016 Five top 2020 Democrats haven't committed to MSNBC climate forum Progressive tax-the-rich push gains momentum MORE (D-N.J.) in Florida and another discovered in New York addressed to former Director of National Intelligence James ClapperJames Robert ClapperTrump lashes out at former intel officials for criticism of Iran tweet Trump knocks news of CNN hiring ex-FBI official McCabe Conservatives lash out at CNN for hiring Andrew McCabe MORE

Potential pipe bombs and suspicious packages were sent to prominent Democrats, Trump critics and the CNN offices in New York this week in what appeared to be a coordinated effort. 

The first explosive device was discovered Monday night at the home of Democratic philanthropist George Soros in Westchester County, N.Y. 

The Secret Service intercepted packages sent to the residences of former President Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump's economic approval takes hit in battleground states: poll This is how Democrats will ensure Trump's re-election The Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico MORE as well as former President Obama on Tuesday. 

CNN evacuated its offices on Wednesday after a package was delivered to the mailroom of the Time Warner building in New York addressed to former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanTrump lashes out at former intel officials for criticism of Iran tweet Trailer shows first look at Annette Bening as Dianne Feinstein Webb: Questions for Robert Mueller MORE, a frequent critic of Trump who works as a contributor for MSNBC. 

Packages also arrived at Wasserman Schultz’s office, as well as the California offices for Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisChamber of Commerce argues against Democratic proposals for financial transaction taxes Warren proposes new restrictions, taxes on lobbying Five top 2020 Democrats haven't committed to MSNBC climate forum MORE (D) and Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersManufacturing group leads coalition to urge Congress to reauthorize Ex-Im Bank Democrats' impeachment message leads to plenty of head-scratching Trump officials vow to reform Fannie, Freddie if Congress doesn't act MORE (D).

None of the devices have detonated, and no injuries from them have been reported.

Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico Melania Trump to attend reopening of Washington Monument Former speechwriter says Michelle Obama came up with 'when they go low we go high' line MORE condemned the packages ahead of a bill signing at the White House on Wednesday. 

“I just want to tell you that in these times, we have to unify. We have to come together and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America,” Trump said.

"We are extremely angry, upset, unhappy about what we witnessed this morning and we will get to the bottom of it," he added.

On Friday, Trump lashed out at the media, accusing them of “blaming” him for the series of bombs. 

“Funny how lowly rated CNN, and others, can criticize me at will, even blaming me for the current spate of Bombs and ridiculously comparing this to September 11th and the Oklahoma City bombing, yet when I criticize them they go wild and scream, ‘it’s just not Presidential!’” Trump tweeted shortly after 3 a.m. on Friday morning.

And later, the president said it was “unfortunate” that news of the devices may blunt GOP momentum ahead of the midterm elections.

—Updated at 3:05 p.m.