Pipe bomb suspect to be held without bail

Pipe bomb suspect to be held without bail
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Pipe bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc Jr., the man accused of mailing explosive devices to prominent Democrats and former intelligence officials who have been critical of and criticized by President TrumpDonald John TrumpDACA recipient claims Trump is holding ‘immigrant youth hostage’ amid quest for wall Lady Gaga blasts Pence as ‘worst representation of what it means to be Christian’ We have a long history of disrespecting Native Americans and denying their humanity MORE, on Tuesday was ordered to be held without bail by a federal judge.

Sayoc, who was transferred to New York to face federal charges after being held in custody in Florida, was called “a serious risk of danger to the public and a flight risk,” by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jane Kim, The Associated Press reported.

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None of the devices Sayoc mailed exploded and no injuries were reported, but the attempts sparked a national conversation about the nation’s political climate and politicians’ rhetoric about those with whom they disagreed.

Sayoc's lawyers did not seek his release on bail, according to the AP report.

Sayoc was arrested in South Florida, where he was living in a van covered in Trump campaign stickers and paraphernalia. He was linked to the devices through DNA and fingerprint matches and internet searches on some of the explosives’ targets. 

Targets included Bill and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIdentity politics and the race for the Democratic nomination O'Rourke’s strategy: Show Americans the real Beto Conservatives pound BuzzFeed, media over Cohen report MORE, former President Obama, Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerJimmy Carter tells Booker: 'I hope you run for president' Identity politics and the race for the Democratic nomination 2020 Democrats barnstorm the country for MLK weekend MORE (D-N.J.), Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisIdentity politics and the race for the Democratic nomination O'Rourke’s strategy: Show Americans the real Beto 2020 Democrats barnstorm the country for MLK weekend MORE (D-Calif.), Democratic donor George Soros, former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderHolder: If Trump directed Cohen to lie, impeachment proceedings ‘must begin’ William Barr's only 'flaw' is that he was nominated by Trump Protecting voices of all voters is critical to free and fair elections MORE, former Director of National Intelligence James ClapperJames Robert ClapperClapper: 'Americans should be very concerned' about lack of notes from Trump-Putin meetings Senate Intel leaders ask judge not to jail former aide amid leak investigation Mueller's findings don't matter MORE and others. 

All had been vocal critics of Trump’s rhetoric and policy agendas.

“As far as the president’s concerned, and again this is purely a fantasy because he’s already made it clear he’s not going to do this and I’m not suggesting a clear cause and effect relationship ... but I do think he bears some responsibility of the coarseness and uncivility in the dialogue in this country and he needs to remember that his words count, his voice is the most important in this country,” Clapper said on CNN after the explosive device sent to him was discovered.

Sayoc will appear in federal court on Monday for a preliminary hearing.