Suspect charged for pipe bomb mailings says Trump rallies became like a 'drug' for him

Suspect charged for pipe bomb mailings says Trump rallies became like a 'drug' for him
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Cesar Sayoc Jr., who pleaded guilty to charges related to mailing explosive devices to prominent Democrats, said this week that attending President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments MORE's rallies became like a "drug" for him before his arrest.

He made the comment in a letter to a federal judge, writing that the rallies "became like a new found drug," and thanking Trump for saving his life after he says he almost took his own life.

Sayoc also wrote in the letter that "politics is dirty, ruthless, deadly" and "sucks you in radical on both the right and left."

The letter, which details Sayoc's mental state and alleged use of steroids for over 40 years, has been posted in his case file. His lawyers plan to cite the details at his August sentencing hearing.


He is accused of sending pipe bombs in the mail to Democrats who have been critical of Trump, including Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersDemocrats could introduce articles of impeachment next week What are not criteria for impeachment? Fed's top regulator takes heat from both parties MORE (D-Calif.), former President Obama, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump to hold campaign rally in Michigan Castro hits fundraising threshold for December debate Buttigieg draws fresh scrutiny, attacks in sprint to Iowa MORE and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump to hold campaign rally in Michigan Saagar Enjeti ponders Hillary Clinton's 2020 plans Political ad spending set to explode in 2020 MORE as well as several other elected Democrats, former administration officials, celebrities and news organizations. None of the devices exploded, and no one was hurt. 

Sayoc, who was arrested in Florida last October, was charged with interstate transportation of an explosive, illegal mailing of explosives, threats against former presidents and certain other persons, threatening interstate communication, and assaulting federal officers. If convicted, Sayoc would face up to 48 years in prison.

He was previously arrested for theft, fraud, drug possession and making bomb threats in alleged incidents dating back to the 1990s.