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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 SessionsThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings Biden administration should resist 'slush-fund' settlements Garland should oppose Biden effort to reinstate controversial 'slush funds' practice 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 SchultzFlorida Democrats call for DOJ investigation of state Senate races Democrats urge FDA to clear market of all flavored e-cigarettes DeSantis threatens to divert vaccines from communities criticizing distribution 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 TrumpHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Man arrested for allegedly threatening to stab undercover Asian officer in NYC Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech 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 BookerThe first Southern state legalizes marijuana — what it means nationally Top Democrat calling for expansion of child care support When it comes to the Iran nuclear deal, what's a moderate Democrat to do? MORE (D-N.J.) in Florida and another discovered in New York addressed to former Director of National Intelligence James ClapperJames Robert Clapper140 national security leaders call for 9/11-style panel to review Jan. 6 attack The biggest example of media malfeasance in 2020 is... Meet Biden's pick to lead the US intelligence community 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 ClintonClose the avenues of foreign meddling Pelosi planned on retiring until Trump won election: report Pence autobiography coming from Simon & Schuster 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 BrennanOvernight Defense: Capitol Police may ask National Guard to stay | Biden's Pentagon policy nominee faces criticism | Naval Academy midshipmen moved to hotels Republicans blast Pentagon policy nominee over tweets, Iran nuclear deal Online and frighteningly real: 'A Taste of Armageddon' 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 HarrisPelosi planned on retiring until Trump won election: report How Kamala Harris can find the solution for the migration crisis White House unveils official portraits of Biden and Harris MORE (D) and Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore Waters10 Democrats join NAACP lawsuit against Trump Congress must help find a faster solution to pay 10 Million past due rents Biden faces decision time on eviction moratorium MORE (D).

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

Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrump says Prince Philip's death an 'irreplaceable loss' for UK Twitter will not allow Trump account archive on platform Jill Biden unveils next phase of military families program 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.