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 SessionsAttorneys 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 McCarthy, other Republicans back Ratcliffe to be next attorney general 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 SchultzSingle fingerprint, misspellings pointed FBI to mail bombs suspect Piers Morgan: Trump can't ignore stickers on suspect's van, must cool down 'violently aggressive rhetoric' White van identified in connection with mail bombings suspect covered in pro-Trump stickers 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 TrumpMia Love pulls ahead in Utah race as judge dismisses her lawsuit Trump administration denies exploring extradition of Erdoğan foe for Turkey Trump congratulates Kemp, says Abrams will have 'terrific political future' 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 BookerElection 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 Booker to campaign for Dem in Mississippi Senate runoff Warren, 2020 Dems target private immigration detention center operators MORE (D-N.J.) in Florida and another discovered in New York addressed to former Director of National Intelligence James ClapperJames Robert ClapperOvernight Defense — Presented by Raytheon — Trump's Armistice Day trip marked by controversy | US ends aerial refueling to Saudi coalition in Yemen | Analysts identify undeclared North Korean missile bases Pipe bomb suspect to be held without bail CIA's ‘surveillance state’ is operating against us all 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 ClintonTexas history curriculum to emphasize that slavery played 'central role' in Civil War 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 Texas education board approves restoring Hillary Clinton in history curriculum 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 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, 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 HarrisElection 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 Booker to campaign for Dem in Mississippi Senate runoff On The Money: Why the tax law failed to save the GOP majority | Grassley opts for Finance gavel, setting Graham up for Judiciary | Trump says China eager for trade deal | Facebook reeling after damning NYT report MORE (D) and Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersDem women rally behind Pelosi Pelosi, potential challenger Fudge hold 'candid' discussion Marcia Fudge under spotlight as Pelosi Speaker fight heats up MORE (D).

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

Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMichelle Obama's stylist downplays controversy over Melania Trump jacket Trump offered Ricardel ambassadorship to Estonia after Melania forced her out of White House: report Michelle Obama: I never had a presidential staffer fired 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.