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 TrumpFormer Joint Chiefs chairman: 'The last thing in the world we need right now is a war with Iran' Pence: 'We're not convinced' downing of drone was 'authorized at the highest levels' Trump: Bolton would take on the whole world at one time 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 WatersOn The Money: S&P hits record as stocks rally on Fed cut hopes | Facebook's new cryptocurrency raises red flags for critics | Internal IRS watchdog rips agency's taxpayer service | Apple seeks tariff relief Facebook's new cryptocurrency raises red flags for critics Facebook's crypto experiment will languish on Capitol Hill MORE (D-Calif.), former President Obama, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump: I'd rather run against Biden Hickenlooper, Bennet bring deep ties to 2020 debate stage Biden: Roe v. Wade 'should be the law' MORE and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump: I'd rather run against Biden Democrats target Florida Hispanics in 2020 George Conway says new rape allegation against Trump 'is more credible' than Juanita Broaddrick 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.