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 TrumpTrump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump tweets ICE will begin removing 'millions' of undocumented migrants 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 ClintonBroadway play 'Hillary and Clinton' closing early due to low ticket sales Broadway play 'Hillary and Clinton' closing early due to low ticket sales Facing challenge from Warren, Sanders touts strength against Trump MORE, former President Obama, Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony Booker2020 Democrats look to cut into Biden's lead with black voters 2020 Democrats look to cut into Biden's lead with black voters Overnight Health Care: Democrats attack after Trump revives talk of ObamaCare replacement | Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control face major obstacles | CVS investing M to fight teen e-cig use MORE (D-N.J.), Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisTrump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' Trump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' 2020 Democrats look to cut into Biden's lead with black voters MORE (D-Calif.), Democratic donor George Soros, former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderCongress and contempt: What you need to know Congress and contempt: What you need to know The Hill's Morning Report - Democrats wonder: Can Nadler handle the Trump probe? MORE, former Director of National Intelligence James ClapperJames Robert ClapperGeraldo Rivera: Comey, Clapper, Brennan should be 'quaking' in their boots over Barr investigation Trump declassification move unnerves Democrats Comey: 'The FBI doesn't spy, the FBI investigates' 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.